Social Sciences Section

Working on cultural, political and economic change


The world is placed in our hands.
We are responsible.
No one else.
Every single person can be the starting point of a new future. At any time.

The Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum is concerned with how we can become capable of social reorganisation in our own lives and actions, in culture, politics and the economy.

It sees its task in researching the conditions and laws that make it possible to act in an appropriate and humane way in a social context. And it wants to train and help develop those abilities and institutions through which humane living conditions can arise in society.


As human beings we have three capacities: thinking, feeling and acting. Each of those capacities have a correspondence with the different spheres of the society and are based on an universal value: the freed thinking for the cultural life, the feeling of equality for the other in the legal sphere and the value of solidarity in the economic life. The autonomy of each sphere and the striving for each appropriate principle would open the possibility for a healthy, productive and peaceful society.


Video Series

How do we want to shape the world?

A series on Goetheanum TV

How do we want to shape the world? The question sounds presumptuous. But it is very real: it is we who are poisoning the soil, air and water, oppressing people and producing wealth alongside poverty. And we are the ones who can change that. Nobody else.

I want to meet people to get to know viable thoughts for a new world. For this I meet people and ask them: How do we want to shape the world?

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✪ Renew economy and society

A series on Goetheanum TV

Money determines our lives and actions, far more than we want. Everything depends on money, everything pushes towards money. Profit is considered the most important goal of the economy, money the decisive measure of value. Those who don't have money - or not enough - don't have a good life.

What were the ideas that Rudolf Steiner developed 100 years ago in his 'National Economic Course'? Can they contribute to the transformation that is so urgently needed right now?

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The world from inside · Live conversations

A series on Goetheanum TV

Anthroposophists are interesting people. They are always great for giving new, surprising perspectives. They are mindful of the earth, of life, of people and of money. We owe them ethical banks, biodynamic agriculture, Waldorf schools, curative education, anthroposophical medicine and much more.

But now, in the pandemic, they often appear as remote weirdos. At least that's what people like to say. Or maybe they just bring new, different insights that need attention and time to understand - what is it precisely that is painfully missing in the polarizing public debates?

This series is in german.

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