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Throughout his life, Rudolf Steiner stressed repeatedly that the most crucial task facing the modern human being is that of transforming our dominant ways of knowing. Still, today, the dominant modern mindset holds that we can only know the objects of sense experience and that which we can count, measure and weigh. According to this view, all else - values, meaning, purpose, qualities, including qualities of life, beauty, selves, beings - cannot be known in the proper sense of the word. But these are the most important aspects of human experience and of the world in which we live. If they cannot actually be known, they can only be asserted dogmatically, or, as happens increasingly, they begin to disappear entirely from our experience. The consequence is a relentless impoverishment of human society and culture, and degradation of the earth itself. Developing new capacities for non-sensory, qualitative knowledge - knowledge of the spirit - is essential to the future of earth evolution. The articles in this special issue of the Journal for Anthroposophy, selected from past issues of the Journal, explore some of the most important implications of such a transformation of our knowing in specific areas of human society and culture. Georg Kuhlewind describes the Michaelic task and possibility of transforming the pervasive, materialistic consciousness of our age; Adeline Bianchi shows how the transformation of knowing is essential in meeting the challenge of evil in today’s world; Diether Rudloff and rex Raab address the need for a qualitative transformation of knowing in the realm of modern and postmodern art; Cornelius Pietzner and Christopher Schaefer explore the importance of knowledge of the spirit in the dimensions of social life and service; Clopper Almon discusses the essential ideas necessary for a creative and meaningful political, economic, and cultural life; Herbert Witzenmann looks at the transformation of self necessary to overcome the increasingly destructive materialism of modern consumer culture; and Virginia Sease explores the special task of understanding the spiritual realities of America in our time. In the introductory essay to this special issue, Douglas Sloan reflects further on the pressing urgency of our developing capacities for knowledge of the qualities of the world - life, beauty, meaning, value, selves, spirit - not only for a rich, meaningful human society and culture but also for the future of the earth.
The Camphill Hudson Artisan Shop is an active artist studio that also features hand-crafted items from Camphill Communities throughout North America. We feature a variety of artisan crafts including pure beeswax candles, maple syrup, herbs and teas, pottery, woven and felted goods and one of a kind greeting cards. In addition, we carry Waldorf art supplies, Steiner books, and selection of Fair Trade Chocolate.
Our shop is filled with items perfect for gift and home that also gives you the opportunity to learn more about Camphill first hand - by meeting and talking to Camphill artists in their studio space. You can experience the enriching work being done in Camphill and learn more about our history - but also about our future!