Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities
“The connection to the spirit breaks if it is not maintained by beauty. The beauty connects the 'I' with the body.” Rudolf Steiner
The Literary Arts and Humanities are moving in a border area. They unite the scientific with the artistic approach to the world. Recognition is thus creative imagination. While in science man formulates general laws from the phenomena, through art he expresses their individual essence. By methodically combining both areas, scientific knowledge is tied back to the human being and thus brought to life again, while art is illuminated by consciousness and placed in a larger context. Progressive technology and mechanization raise the question of what is genuinely creative in human beings. It is central in the Fine Arts and thus forms the basis for all other sections of the School of Spiritual Science.
Specific areas of research are the vitalization of the word and language, the humanization of the human being through literature, Rudolf Steiner's science of the senses, transhumanism and digitalization, the artistic reception of anthroposophy and its mediation, and Rudolf Steiner's original contribution to philosophy.
Study and cultural conferences, colloquia and lectures on topics of the Literary Arts and Humanities are held regularly at the Goetheanum. Section groups work in nine countries.