[ an-thruh-pos-uh-fee ]
/ ˌæn θrəˈpɒs ə fi /


a philosophy based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) which maintains that, by virtue of a prescribed method of self-discipline, cognitional experience of the spiritual world can be achieved.

Origin of anthroposophy

From the German word Anthroposophie, dating back to 1910–15. See anthropo-, -sophy

OTHER WORDS FROM anthroposophy

an·thro·po·soph·i·cal [an-thruh-puh-sof-i-kuh l] /ˌæn θrə pəˈsɒf ɪ kəl/, an·thro·po·soph·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anthroposophy

/ (ˌænθrəˈpɒsəfɪ) /


the spiritual and mystical teachings of Rudolph Steiner, based on the belief that creative activities such as myth making, which formed a part of life in earlier times, are psychologically valuable, esp for educational and therapeutic purposes

Derived forms of anthroposophy

anthroposophic (ˌænθrəpəʊˈsɒfɪk), adjectiveanthroposophist, noun
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