ERIC Number: EJ921751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom as a Basis for Spiritual Education?
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v16 n1 p5-17 2011
The spiritual well-being of children is often thought to be an important goal and outcome of education. Such spiritual well-being is also implicitly assumed by the Human Rights Act, which includes the right to "freedom of thought, conscience and religion" [Article 18]. I argue that such freedom requires an education that fosters development of spiritual freedom. What spirituality means to people can be determined through empirical research. However, the nature of actual spiritual freedom itself can be understood and experienced only through a phenomenology of one's own thinking. Steiner offered such an approach. As an extension of Goethe's earlier holistic scientific method, Steiner showed that in thinking we have hold of a corner of the world process in which we, as human beings, play a crucial part in its coming into being. Steiner's philosophy of freedom leads logically to spirituality, through intuitive thinking and forms the basis of Steiner-Waldorf education, which has the potential to foster spiritual freedom, without addressing spirituality explicitly.
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Scientific Methodology, Educational Philosophy, Religious Factors, Phenomenology, Teaching Methods, Spiritual Development, Civil Rights, Well Being
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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