The Double-Edged Sword

The Cult of "Bildung</I>, Its Downfall and Reconstitution in Fin-de-Siècle Germany (Rudolf Steiner and Max Weber)

by Perry Myers (Author)
©2004 Monographs 230 Pages


This study traces how Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), founder of Anthroposophy and the Waldorf schools, and the sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) confronted the societal transformations in fin-de-siècle Germany as their primary identity marker – Bildung or self-formation – began to break down. The book documents the German bourgeoisie’s failure to modernise as an «imagined community», shedding new light on the larger question about the interrelationship of science, religion and culture by situating Weber’s and Steiner’s work into the broader context of the sociocultural and sociopolitical transformations during which it was created. Moreover, by exploring the influences across disciplines in a historical context the book provides insight into the cultural implications of new social science and religion at the beginning of the twentieth century.


ISBN (Softcover)
Steiner, Rudolf Bildungsbürgertum Sozialer Wandel Weber, Max Geschichte 1870-1920 Bildung /Habitus Antroposophie Fin de Siècle Bildungsideal Deutschland
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2004. 230 pp.

Biographical notes

Perry Myers (Author)

The Author: Perry Myers grew up in Texas and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After completing his education with a Master of Business Administration in May 1981, he spent the following years as an investment banker in Frankfurt, Germany. In September 1994 he re-entered the academic world at the University of Texas and completed his Ph.D. in Germanic Studies in August 2002. He is at present working on a book about how quasi-religious groups reacted to sociocultural challenges in Germany during the early twentieth century. He is an Assistant Professor of German at Albion College.


Title: The Double-Edged Sword