An Imaginative Zoology

Karl König; Translated by Richard Aylward; Introduction by Imanuel Klotz

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  • This remarkable book offers a closer understanding of specific mammals, fish and birds, as well as great insight into human nature
  • A combination of three previous editions, this book considers mythology, history and unique characteristics of animals

A unique understanding of individual mammals, fish and birds which also offers insight into human nature.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Karl König Archive; Philosophy of the Natural World
256 pages
Publication date:
23 May 2013
Karl König Archive


Karl König, the founder of the Camphill movement, had great compassion and empathy for people on the margins of society. He also felt the same brotherly feelings towards the animal world. This remarkable book offers a closer understanding of some specific mammals, fish and birds and, along the way, great insight into human nature as well.

König considers the mythological and historical background, and unique characteristics, of elephants, bears, horses, cats and dogs; penguins, seals, dolphins, salmon and eels; and swans and stork, sparrows and doves. Together, the lively sketches form a visionary zoology.

First published in English as three separate volumes.

Table of Contents

The Bear Tribe and Its Myth
Cats and Dogs -- Companions of Man
Brother Horse
The Origin of Seals
The Life of Penguins
The Migrations of Salmon and Eels
Dolphins -- Children of the Sea
Swans and Storks
The Dove as a Sacred Bird
The Sparrows of the Earth


'I'm sure you will realise how important this book is… It really is an example of how we can begin to overcome the chains of Darwinism by forming our heart to be a new "Noah's Ark"!'
-- Camphill Correspondence

'For anyone who wearies of the ever-present and wholly inadequate Darwinian explanations, these essays will come as a breath of fresh air.'
-- New View


Karl König (1902-66) was well-known as a physician, author and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna. In 1940 he founded the Camphill Movement in Scotland. Based on Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established in many parts of the world.


See a full list of the books in the Karl König Archive series

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