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Philosophical Perspectives


15 hours (variable over several weeks).

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH
September 2005 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: gain an appreciative overview of major current and historical perspectives on the human being, including a basic understanding of the evolutionary process that stands behind the history of western thought and the outlines of an emerging future; articulate the philosophical foundations of each of the schools of thought presented in the course; characterize the overall process of the development of western thought in connection with the evolution of human consciousness; examine and discuss current issues in relation to their philosophical context and their place in the evolution of consciousness; situate Steiner’s spiritual science within this context and discuss its relevance as a pioneer movement among new and emerging paradigms. 


This course provides an overview of major historical and current perspectives in the study of the human being. The aim is to develop a large-scale map of major schools of thought and to locate Steiner's spiritual science and anthroposophic curative education in relation to this map, which provides students with the opportunity to engage with a range of philosophical perspectives, which they may encounter in their professional work. The ability to enter into and orient within a broad range of different sets of ideas will allow students to engage in informed dialogue, based on an understanding of their own and the other person's perspective.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Psychology, Philosophy, Cognitive Studies, Consciousness Studies, Human Studies, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).