Despite the far-reaching influence that Rudolf Steiner's texts, reflections and ideas have had on his contemporaries and cultural-creative persons from various fields up to the present day, academic discussion of his writings and ideas remains limited. His philosophical work is little known outside anthroposophical groups, despite some recent developments. Moreover, the existing controversies rarely seem to be an expression of an open discourse, but rather appear either dogmatically affirmative or dogmatically dismissive. What is decisive for the present project are constructive investigations and discussions of Steiner's ideas which are related to contemporary issues and are part of the field of interest of the persons involved.
In the present project, we want to enter into an open dialogue with Steiner's ideas and discourses and investigate where and whether approaches to the topics described above can be found. As an interdisciplinary research team we do not claim to provide a final interpretation and reading. Rather, we are interested in a multifaceted, individual and creative perspective in order to promote our own academic examination of research questions that seem relevant to us. We will publish and present the results in a loose order.
First results of this research are expected to be published in 2021 under the title "Re-Reading Steiner".
The project is currently divided into the following sub-projects:
Andrew’s primary research project focuses on the political and social theory of Rudolf Steiner. The project is a critical engagement with Steiner’s ideas of social threefolding: the organization of autonomous but related spheres of society on the basis of politics, economics and culture. Along with an analysis of these ideas in the context of more established political and social theories, Andrew is also interested in the various contemporary expressions of Steiner’s work as responses to dominant forms of societal organization through neoliberal capitalism.
A thread running through Andrew’s various research interests is the everyday theory and practice of resistance to dominant oppressive social forms and so he maintains an active research interests in anarchism, feminism, critical pedagogy and non-hierarchical forms of organization and relationship.
Rosa Mayreder – A fin-de-siècle artist re-visited
Although Rosa Mayreder was one of the most important German-speaking feminists of the turn of the century and adorned the 500-Schilling banknote in Austria, her name is not commonly known in Germany. In this research project, I am on the one hand concerned with Mayreder's philosophical essays, in which she introduces gender as a social category and takes a critical and thorough look at the leading philosophers of her time. Especially her differentiated consideration of gender, nature and culture allows the interpretation that Mayreder is a pioneer of gender studies in the German-speaking world. An interest in literature and cultural studies leads me to Mayreder's play Anda Renata, which is considered to be a feminist response to Goethe's Faust. Through my examination of the Faust myth and the literary and cultural phenomenon of the Doppelgänger motif in my master's thesis, as well as my voluntary work in two theatre groups, I see the potential to compose a research paper in the humanities and to bring the play to the stage in a new and creative adaption.
The project fits into a general area of research dealing with the significance of emotions and emotionality in moral philosophy, an interest in holistic approaches of philosophical anthropology (especially the concept of corporeality) as well as in intersections between ethics and art (especially ethics - theatre - personality development).
Das Forschungsprojekt, das Teil einer Publikationsreihe zur Aktualität Rudolf Steiners und seines philosophischen Werkes ist, versucht, die Bereiche Philosophie, Neurowissenschaften und Informatik zu verbinden, indem es sich mit den Konzepten der menschlichen und künstlichen Intelligenz und der sie umgebenden neurophilosophischen Debatte auseinandersetzt. Es nähert sich der Frage nach dem menschlichen Bewusstsein und seinen verschiedenen Schnittpunkten mit den Konzepten moderner künstlicher Intelligenzen, indem es sich auf die theoretischen Werke Rudolf Steiners, wie seine „Philosophie der Freiheit“, sowie Markus Gabriels und sein Werk „Der Sinn des Denkens“ stützt. Damit werden die grundlegenden Gedanken, Konzepte und Ideen, die Steiner vor weit über hundert Jahren formuliert hat, in einem anderen Licht betrachtet und sowohl mit ihren modernen Gegenparts, als auch mit grundlegenden Fragen verbunden, die sich durch die Fortschritte in der modernen Medizin, Technik und Informatik ergeben haben.