|The present world-wide
Anthroposophical Society was founded at Christmas 1923 on the basis
of a former Anthroposophical Society which was founded earlier in 1912/13.
The new Anthroposophical Society differed from the former one in having,
among other things, a School of Spiritual Science as a center for its activity,
and partial commonality between the board of the Anthroposophical Society
and the leadership of the School.
In many countries of
the world there also exist national anthroposophical societies which
serve people in that country. Such national societies are independent and
autonomous but have a relationship to the world-wide Anthroposophical Society.
For information on: the Anthroposophical
Society in America, see here;
the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain, see here;
and other anthroposophical societies, see here.
statutes of the world-wide Society, adopted at Christmas 1923 are:
STATUTES OF THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
1. The Anthroposophical Society is to be an association
of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the
individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the
2. The persons gathered at the
Goetheanum in Dornach at Christmas, 1923, both the individuals and the
groups represented, form the nucleus of the Society. They are convinced
that there exists in our time a genuine science of the spiritual world,
elaborated for years past, and in important particulars already published;
and that the civilization of today is lacking the cultivation of such a
science. This cultivation is to be the task of the Anthroposophical Society.
It will endeavor to fulfill this task by making the anthroposophical spiritual
science cultivated at the Goetheanum in Dornach the center of its activities,
together with all that results from this for brotherhood in human relationships
and for the moral and religious as well as the artistic and cultural life.1
3. The persons gathered in Dornach as the nucleus
of the Society recognize and endorse the view of the leadership at the
Goetheanum (represented by the Vorstand [Executive Council] formed at the
Foundation Meeting): 'Anthroposophy, as fostered at the Goetheanum, leads
to results which can serve every human being as a stimulus to spiritual
life, whatever his nation, social standing or religion. They can lead to
a social life genuinely built on brotherly love.'
No special degree of academic learning is required
to make them one's own and to found one's life upon them, but only an open-minded
human nature. Research into these results, however, as well as competent
evaluation of them, depends upon spiritual-scientific training, which is
to be acquired step by step. These results are in their own way as exact
as the results of genuine natural science. When they attain general recognition
in the same way as these, they will bring about comparable progress in
all spheres of life, not only in the spiritual but also in the practical
4. The Anthroposophical Society is in no sense
a secret society, but is entirely public. Anyone can become a member, without
regard to nationality, social standing, religion, scientific or artistic
conviction, who considers as justified the existence of an institution
such as the Goetheanum in Dornach, in its capacity as a School of Spiritual
Science. The Anthroposophical Society rejects any kind of sectarian activity.
Party politics it considers not to be within its task.
5. The Anthroposophical Society
sees the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach as a center for its activity.
The School will be composed of three classes. Members of the Society will
be admitted to the School on their own application after a period of membership
to be determined by the leadership at the Goetheanum They enter in this
way the First Class of the School of Spiritual Science. Admission to the
Second or Third Classes 2 takes place when
the person requesting this is deemed eligible by the leadership at the
6. Every member of the Anthroposophical Society
has the right to attend all lectures, performances and meetings arranged
by the Society, under conditions to be announced by the Vorstand.
7. The organizing of the School of Spiritual Science
is, to begin with, the responsibility of Rudolf Steiner, who will appoint
his collaborators and his possible successor.
8. All publications of the Society
shall be public, in the same sense as are those of other public societies.3
The publications of the School of Spiritual Science will form no exception
as regards this public character; however, the leadership of the School
reserves the right to deny in advance the validity of any judgment on these
publications which is not based on the same training from which they have
been derived. Consequently they will regard as justified no judgment which
is not based on an appropriate preliminary training, as is also the common
practice in the recognized scientific world. Thus the publications of the
School of Spiritual Science will bear the following note: 'Printed as manuscript
for members of the School of Spiritual Science, Goetheanum,......Class.
No one is considered competent to judge the content, who has not acquired
- through the School itself or in a manner recognized by the School as
equivalent - the requisite preliminary knowledge. Other opinions will be
disregarded, to the extent that the authors of such works will not enter
into a discussion about them.
9. The purpose of the Anthroposophical Society
will be the furtherance of spiritual research; that of the School of Spiritual
Science will be this research itself. A dogmatic stand in any field whatsoever
is to be excluded from the Anthroposophical Society.
10. The Anthroposophical Society
shall hold a regular General Meeting at the Goetheanum each year, at which
time the Vorstand shall present a full report with accounting. The agenda
for this meeting shall be communicated by the Vorstand to all members,
together with the invitation, six weeks before the meeting. The Vorstand
may call special meetings and fix the agenda for them. Invitations to such
meetings shall be sent to members three weeks in advance. Motions proposed
by individual members or groups of members shall be submitted one week
before the General Meeting.[**]
11. Members may join together in smaller or larger
groups on any basis of locality or subject. The headquarters of the Anthroposophical
Society is at the Goetheanum. From there the Vorstand shall bring to the
attention of the members or groups of members what it considers to be the
task of the Society. The Vorstand communicates with officials elected or
appointed by the various groups. Admission of members will be the concern
of the individual groups; the certificate of membership shall, however,
be placed before the Vorstand in Dornach, and shall be signed by them out
of their confidence in the officials of the groups. In general, every member
should join a group. Only those for whom it is quite impossible to find
entry to a group should apply directly to Dornach for membership.
12. Membership dues shall be fixed
by the individual groups; each group shall, however, submit 15 Swiss Francs
for each of its members to the central leadership of the Society at the
13. Each working group formulates its own statutes,
but these must not be incompatible with the Statutes of the Anthroposophical
14. The organ of the Society is
the weekly 'Das Goetheanum', which for this purpose is provided with a
supplement 5 containing the official communications
of the Society. This enlarged edition of 'Das Goetheanum' will be supplied
to members of the Anthroposophical Society only.
15. The Founding Vorstand will be:
President : Dr Rudolf Steiner;
Vice-President: Albert Steffen;
Recorder: Dr Ita Wegman;
Members: Marie Steiner, Dr Elisabeth
Secretary and Treasurer: Dr Guenther
1. The Anthroposophical
Society is in continuity with the Society founded in 1912. It would like,
however, to create an independent point of departure, in keeping with the
true spirit of the present time, for the objectives established at that
2. These have
not yet been established.
3. The conditions
under which one acquires training have also been made public, and their
publication will be continued.
4. At the General
Meeting at Easter 1990 this was raised from 100 to 125 Swiss Francs and
300 Francs for those attached directly to Dornach.
5. For English-speaking
members, the bi-monthly 'News from the Goetheanum' contains translations
of official communications.
In the adoption of the Statutes in the morning
of 28th December 1923, Rudolf Steiner inserted the following additional
sentence, that for unknown reasons was not published in the printed versions
of the statutes, in clause 10:
"A certain number of member,
to be determined from time to time in the standing orders (Geschäftsordnung),
has the right to request an Extraordinary General Meeting at any time."***
Conference for the Foundation of the General Anthroposophical Society,
Anthroposophic Press, 1990 (GA 260).