Steiner Online Library (SOL) was established to increase public awareness of Anthroposophy, a philosophy created by the 20th century polymath Rudolf Steiner. In 2021, the e.Lib, Inc. transferred the Rudolf Steiner Archive and related technology, books and materials to SOL through an Asset Transfer Agreement, dated January 23, 2021, in furtherance of each nonprofit's respective mission.
In addition to maintaining the existing Rudolf Steiner Archive, SOL launched this streamlined, modernized website to aid current and future researchers. By updating the site to suit all devices and types of users, SOL will reach a broader audience around the world and grow Anthroposophy worldwide. In furtherance of this goal, SOL will also continue to locate additional works, translate them into English and include them in the library.
Steiner Online Library, a Michigan not-for-profit corporation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 85-2621701. Donations are tax-deductible.
Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski
Co-Founder, Executive Director and President
Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski has had an intense interest in Rudolf Steiner since reading How to Know Higher Worlds in 2003. He soon became a vital contributor to the Rudolf Steiner Archive, personally digitizing and editing approximately one third of the materials on Rudolf Steiner Archive. In 2012, James D. Stewart, the then "e-Librarian" and webmaster of the Rudolf Steiner Archive, asked Chris to take over the site in the future and announced the arrangement to the Anthroposophical community. Now, the future is here. Dr. Wietrzykowski, a dentist by trade, set aside his dentistry career in 2020 and took a deep dive into computer programming. Building upon his prior knowledge of computing, he taught himself several programming languages, website design, and system administration. Chris' background in Anthroposophy and computers and his wife Karin's career as a technology and corporate attorney make them well suited to take on the mission of the Steiner Online Library. A few of Chris' other interests include economics, history, philosophy, and yoga. Chris and Karin live in Northern Michigan.
Karin Wietrzykowski, Esq.
Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Secretary and Treasurer
Karin Wietrzykowski is an attorney by trade, focusing on technology innovation. Having served as General Counsel to a technology consortium of digital content producers, technology companies and digital media retailers, she is well versed in corporate law, IP protection, privacy, and other legal issues pertaining to digital media. Her experience in and knowledge of copyright, nonprofit law, and fundraising prepared her well for the launch of the Steiner Online Library. Karin is a long-time student of metaphysics and first encountered the works of Rudolf Steiner in the early 2000's. Her interest in Spiritual Science has grown exponentially since then and she now has dedicated her career to spreading Anthroposophy worldwide. Karin is also the published author of Global Values: A New Paradigm for a New World, a work that reflects many of the ethical principles outlined by Steiner. In addition to spiritual study and practice, Karin enjoys vegan, gluten-free cooking, nature, biking, running, gardening and exploring health and wellness modalities.
The problem we aim to solve
The advent of the technological revolution has caused mankind to fall into a deep materialism. Much of our former cultural life has been stripped away and is now supplied for us through television and computerized devices. We no longer ask ourselves important life questions but instead seek authoritative answers from political leaders and scientific "experts". The cost we pay is a loss of our spiritual freedom. Instead of following our own unique path we are coerced to follow one that has been set for us.
Rudolf Steiner foresaw all these things in the early 20th century. His philosophy, Anthroposophy, provides a pathway back to a world that includes spirit. It explains how our material world is interwoven with an objectively real spiritual world that we can come to know through study and meditation. It explains the inner workings of reincarnation and karma. In whole, it provides a way for people to come to an understanding of their true place in relation to the world.
The solution: "Man, know thyself!"
Steiner Online Library aims to preserve the vast wealth of information contained in the books, articles and transcribed lectures given to the world through the personality of Rudolf Steiner.
A distinct summary of Steiner's message could be summed up by the Ancient Greek aphorism "Man, know thyself!" By studying his teaching, we begin to truly understand our whole being and its purpose in the world. SOL presents this information in a free and easily searchable format to English speakers throughout the world to enable them to carry out this task of self-knowledge.
Thus, through this endeavor to know ourselves we come to better understand the world around us and our unique place in it. We become no longer merely cogs in a wheel but rather a wonderful synergy of individual, free beings working together as a unity.