anthroposophy

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anthropo- +‎ -sophy, from a Renaissance Latin anthroposophia (attested in Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, d. 1535, and Thomas Vaughan, d. 1666), popularized from the 1910s via German Anthroposophie (Rudolf Steiner, 1861–1925).

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anthroposophy (uncountable)

  1. Human wisdom; knowledge or understanding of human nature.
  2. A spiritual movement inaugurated by Rudolf Steiner (also capitalized as Anthroposophy), postulating the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world accessible to direct experience through inner development.

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