-‘Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings’

Rudolf Steiner progressed from being the secretary of the German section of Theosophy to become the founder of the Anthroposophical Society. In his search for a universal ‘science of the spirit’, Steiner professed himself inspired by Christianity and Christian Rosenkreuz. It was Steiner’s hope that men and women would develop a kind of ‘ethical individualism’: ‘Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education.’ In addition to original editions, the BPH owns many of Steiner’s numerous lecture cycles, which were posthumously edited and published by his wife Marie Steiner.