Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Eurythmy and the cultivation of living thinking
by McKenna, Marguerite, M.A., Prescott College, 2010, 60; 1475954
Abstract (Summary)

Spiritual philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner asserts that the current activity of human thinking is compromised. He states that this is so because it functions in only a limited capacity. Specifically, he contends that today's popular mode of thinking—which he calls "scientific" or "materialistic" thinking—is limited to the application of matters pertaining only to material phenomena. Steiner purports that this limited epistemological approach compromises a human being's ability to fully experience and live in the world. To experience life fully, Steiner states, an additional epistemology is needed. This additional epistemology will be a cognitive method through which to comprehend matters concerning the spirit. Steiner calls this spiritual epistemological method "living thinking."

This thesis explores Steiner's definition of living thinking and its relationship to the art of eurythmy. Through a discussion of writings by Steiner and other thinkers, this thesis specifically examines how the art of eurythmy contributes to the cultivation of living thinking within the human being. To accomplish this goal, both Steiner's conception of living thinking, and the art of eurythmy are examined in depth.

This thesis concludes that eurythmy contributes to the cultivation of living thinking by virtue of its unique relationship to language. Specifically, the language expressed through eurythmy is concluded to be an activity that employs building blocks by which living thinking can ultimately be developed. In particular, it is through the artistic performing of eurythmy that these building blocks are engaged most effectively.

Keywords: eurythmy, evolution of consciousness, language

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wakeford-Evans, Patrick
Commitee: Hipolito, Jane, Stuckey, Priscilla
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Spirituality
Keywords: Eurythmy, Evolution of consciousness, Language
Publication Number: 1475954
ISBN: 9781109763812
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