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The Present Age ist eine vom Perseus Verlag Basel herausgegebene englische Monatsschrift auf der Grundlage der Geisteswissenschaft Rudolf Steiners, die Symptomatisches aus Politik, Kultur und Wirtschaft im aktuellen Zeitgeschehen beleuchtet und enthält u.a. ins Englische übersetzte Artikel aus der Zeitschrift „Der Europäer“. Sie wurde im März 2015 begründet; Chefredakteur ist Thomas Meyer.

Die englische Zeitschrift wird wie folgt beschrieben:

„What is “The Present Age”? Dear readers and future subscribers, this is the “free trial”[1] issue of the English-version of the German-language monthly journal Der Europäer, now running into its 19th year. We decided to call this English edition of our magazine “The Present Age – an international monthly journal for the advancement of Spiritual science”. Walter Johannes Stein (1891–1957), inspired by Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868–1935), had already published a journal with this title in the 1930s (1936–39). By choosing this title we aspire to connect with and continue the great, unfinished impulses of Stein, Dunlop, Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz (1869–1945) and many others. These individuals were pioneers in realizing the impulses of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) for the modern world, each in his own way. Stein wrote the first thesis ever written on anthroposophy; Polzer-Hoditz was instrumental in publicly launching the idea of the threefold society; Dunlop laid the groundwork for a true world economy, which is not yet realized.

The Present Age will try to discuss all major events and developments of our time from a spiritual scientific viewpoint. It is edited on a completely independent basis and has no financial or spiritual obligation to any society or trust. The Present Age will cover, as does Der Europäer, “Symptomatic events in the fields of economy, culture and spiritual life” and is based on the spiritual research published by Steiner. Its aim is to reach readers in English-speaking countries, as well as English-speaking readers in other parts of the world. We will, without being dogmatic, not be shy in speaking about spiritual science or “Anthroposophy”, trying to show its unique potential in understanding and tackling all major questions of life. The first issue, which will come out in April, will bring an as yet unpublished article about “The Meeting with the Being of Anthroposophy” by Charles Kovacs (1907-2001), an outstanding teacher and painter who worked and lived in Edinburgh. The editors for the journal are Thomas Meyer (Basel, CH, editor-in-chief), Terry Boardman (Stourbridge, UK, also responsible for translations), Andreas Bracher (Cambridge, USA, co-editor) and Orsolya Györffy (Basel, also responsible for coordination and Admin). Graphics and layout are done by Nils Gunzenhäuser (Bruchsal). This Zero issue is composed of articles and article excerpts that have been published earlier in Der Europäer or are otherwise from would-be collaborators of The Present Age. They convey an impression of the kind of writing that The Present Age will contain. To apply the words of D.N. Dunlop for one of his own publications to The Present Age: “It will interest you more than you dream… The price of it is only (… ) £ 10, which is not much if you consider the research necessary for compiling such treasure.” We value your interest in our publication very much and we would greatly appreciate it if you would pass this “free trial” issue on to friends. With all best wishes, Terry Boardman, Andreas Bracher, Orsolya Györffy, Thomas Meyer“[2]

The Present Age – Team:

Thomas Meyer was born in Switzerland in 1950. He studied literature and philosophy, worked as a Waldorf teacher, founded Perseus Publishing company based in Basel, and is editor of the monthly journal Der Europäer. Meyer is the author of several books including D.N. Dunlop, A Man of Our Time; Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz, A European, Rudolf Steiner’s Core Mission; The Bodhisattva Question; Clairvoyance and Consciousness and Reality, Truth and Evil (on 9/11) (Temple Lodge) and editor of Light for the New Millennium (Rudolf Steiner Press) and the latest, The Development of Anthroposophy since Rudolf Steiner´s Death (Steiner Books ). He has also published a book by and on Laurence Oliphant (Lindisfarne Books) and a series of essays about Goethe, Kafka, Wilde, Nietzsche and others with the title Representative Men In the Light of Anthroposophy (Steiner Books). Meyer has written numerous articles and gives seminars and lectures around the world.

Terry Boardman b.1952, Newport Wales, Welsh father, English mother. 1955-1970: raised in the ancient Roman military city of Chester, NW England. After a history degree from Manchester University (1973), spent a total of 10 years in Japan. Committed to anthroposophy since 1982. Eurythmy diploma 1988. Since 2005, I have been a freelance translator (German and Japanese), writer and lecturer on history and current events. Married, with one son. I have a special interest in East-West issues, the First World War and Kaspar Hauser. I have written two books Mapping the Millennium – Behind the Plans of the New World Order (1998 & 2013, Temple Lodge) and Kaspar Hauser – Where did he come from? (2006, Wynstones Press). Website: www.threeman.org

Andreas Bracher, born 1959. I grew up and lived in Germany, before life transferred me to the opposite shores of the Atlantic ocean five years ago. I have been writing for the Europäer, on and off, for 16, 17 years, – mostly about historical and political topics, America (the US), but also about literature and culture in a broad sense.

I have also written, translated, edited a number of books (in German), which mostly deal with German, European and Transatlantic history of the last 150 years.

Orsolya Györffy was born in Szombathely, Hungary. After a brief stay at Camphill, she studied economics in England. She facilitated several arts and social science events. She worked as an organizational development consultant first in many multinational companies, and ultimately as information technology leader for the EMEA regions of an American multinational. Her life took a different turn with the translation work of the biography of D.N. Dunlop. Since 2010 she has been working as assistant to Perseus Verlag. She leads her life now in Basel with her husband and two sons.

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