«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 abut comparable progress in all spheres of life, not only in the spiritual but also in the practical realm.»
Foundation Statute §3 of the Anthroposophical Society (extract)
‘Goetheanum’ is both the name of the School of Spiritual Science founded together with the Anthroposophical Society during the Christmas Conference in 1923 and the name of the building, situated in Dornach, near Basel, which houses the School’s leadership and administration, as well as being the worldwide seat of the General Anthroposophical Society.
The name pays homage to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), of whose contributions to art and especially science spiritual science can be seen as a deepening and further development.