Textual analysis?


From: Steinerhead
Date: Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:03 am
Subject: Textual analysis?

From the WC list, you can read the entire exchange at [this link]:


Jakob:
The same thing could be said for Steiner's early philosophical works, which both he, and many anthroposophists, consider to be absolutely foundational for an understanding of anthroposophy.

Peter S:
I think that idea is silly. It doesn't stand up to the briefest textual analysis.

Mike:
Well, that's a clincher for me.

If I were to do a purely "textual analysis" of Rudolf Steiner's writings, I would have to be a robot. "Textual analysis" in it's purest form then, would not be influenced by the inner experiences of human beings. Perhaps if we as human beings could aspire to the ideal pure "textual analysis," we could solve the stupid problems of racism, or war. Ah but alas, most of us were cursed with a feeling life, an inner experiential life, that overwhelms our ability to do pure "textual analysis." And then of course, if any of those inner life experiences ever started to make sense to us, well, this complicates the problem even more....

Oh well, even Mr. Spok failed on occasion.

Maybe instead of "thinking with the power of Love, in spiritual form," I should try to "think with the power of a supercomputer in pure materialistic form."

Text and Analysis

Mike Helsher

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From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:32 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Textual analysis?

At 18:03 14.12.2003, Mike wrote:

If I were to do a purely "textual analysis" of Rudolf Steiner's writings, I would have to be a robot. "Textual analysis" in it's purest form then, would not be influenced by the inner experiences of human beings.

Anyone interested in Staudenmaier's "textual analysis" of Steiner's works should go to Sune's excellent page on the subject at

http://hem.passagen.se/thebee/comments/plans1.html

Scroll down to the heading "Medieval Witch Hunting and Mythologies" and further down to "For some comments on the "Protocol of Steiner" mythology". The links provided here are very interesting.

Tarjei Straume
http://www.uncletaz.com/anthrocritics.html

"The worst readers are those who proceed like plundering soldiers: they pick up a few things they use, soil and confuse the rest, and blaspheme the whole." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Mixed Opinions and Maxims

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