Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism by Dan MckananEco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism by Dan Mckanan

Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

byDan Mckanan

Paperback | October 31, 2017

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For nearly a century, the worldwide anthroposophical movement has been a catalyst for environmental activism, helping to bring to life many modern ecological practices such as organic farming, community-supported agriculture, and green banking. Yet the spiritual practice of anthroposophy remains unknown to most environmentalists. A historical and ethnographic study of the environmental movement,Eco-Alchemyuncovers for the first time the profound influences of anthroposophy and its founder, Rudolf Steiner, whose holistic worldview, rooted in esoteric spirituality, inspired the movement. Dan McKanan shows that environmentalism is itself a complex ecosystem and that it would not be as diverse or as transformative without the contributions of anthroposophy.
Dan McKananis the Emerson Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School and the author of several books on religion and social transformation, among themTouching the World: Christian Communities Transforming SocietyandProphetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition.
Title:Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of EnvironmentalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520290062

ISBN - 13:9780520290068


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ecology of Environmentalism

Rudolf Steiner's Holistic Vision

Biodynamics and the Origins of Organic Agriculture

Anthroposophical Initiatives and the Growing Environmental Movement

New Economies for Environmentalism

The Broader Ecology of Camphill

The Boundaries of Anthroposophy

Anthroposophy's Gifts to the Environmental Movement


Editorial Reviews

Eco-Alchemy makes a solid case for the importance of anthroposophist initiatives to the evolution of modern environmentalism. . . . It deserves a wide readership among those interested in esoteric spirituality, environmental politics, and the controversial interaction between religion and public affairs.