Inaugurated in 1923 by Rudolf Steiner, the aim of the School of Spiritual Science is to consider human affairs in the light of spiritual science, meaning the scientific method applied to physically invisible phenomena such as, in the case of economics, values and prices.
The School is ‘housed’ in the Anthroposophical Society, comprising a world centre near Basel, Switzerland and national groups in many countries around the world.
The School is conceived in terms of three classes (akin to degrees) and 11 sections related to professional life in medicine, agriculture, social sciences, and so on. The purpose of the sections is to provide a context in which members of the School can deliberate on, and hopefully bring fresh insights to, the many challenges faced by humanity today in all walks of life.
Members of the School are individuals who in contemporary ways have undertaken, as it were, to join Rudolf Steiner in continuing the tasks he began. Comprising research, publications, conferences and symposia, the work of the sections arises through the activities of their members, which are conducted as collegiately as possible based on their direct involvement in practical human affairs.
The Economics Conference of the Goetheanum is part of the Social Sciences Section, which encompasses a broad range of social scientific disciplines and activities.
Towards 2023 provides more on the deeper background to the Economics Conference.