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. (archaic, as used before Rudolf Steiner) 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.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 223]:
      Anthroposophy was having definite effects. I couldn't take any of this to heart. Other-worldliness tinged it all and every little while my spirit seemed to dissociate itself.

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