Nutrition from Earth and Cosmos

Karl König

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  • Eighteen lectures and essays which consider the significance of nutrition within a spiritual context
  • Includes ideas on nutrition in early childhood and for illness, and comprehensive analysis of many other aspects of nutrition
  • Introduced by three contemporary researchers in nutrition practice

Lectures from the founder of Camphill which address fundamental and increasingly relevant questions about the nutritional quality of our food.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Karl König Archive; Philosophy of Human Life
b/w illustrations
400 pages
Publication date:
16 Apr 2015
Karl König Archive


Food quality is an important issue for our modern world. There is an increasing awareness that empty calories and mass-produced food don't offer the quality nutrition that people need, and that smaller amounts of better-quality food could help combat the epidemic of obesity sweeping the western world.

Karl König recognised the significance of human nutrition nearly one hundred years ago. In the 1920s he started lecturing on the subject as part of a programme of social help in deprived city areas, and in 1936 gave a course for physicians and educators.

This book contains two essays and sixteen lectures ranging from the significance of nutrition in early childhood and during illness, and descriptions of the digestive process and the inner organs from a spiritual point of view, to his ideas about the future development of nourishment. König's work is introduced by three contemporary researchers into nutritional practice, and finishes with König's appreciation of the only mealtime grace given by Rudolf Steiner.

Table of Contents

Nutrition and Healing by Erdmut Schädel
Anthroposophical Research into Nutrition by Petra Kühne
Nutrition from Cosmos and Earth: a Contemporary Question by Anita Pedersen
Cosmic and Earthly Nutrition: The process of nutrition; meat or vegetarian? Nutrition for young children and infants, diets (four lectures 1936)
The Cultural Task of Agriculture: Food, nourishment, digestion (three lectures 1943)
Streams of Earthly and Cosmic Nutrition in Man and Plant (four lectures 1953)
The Meteorological Organs of the Earth and Human Beings: Lung, liver, kidneys, heart (six lectures 1958)
Intestines and Brain (Notes for farmers 1964)
Nutrition and Healing (Notes of a lecture in Prague 1933)


'Much has changed -- for both better and worse -- since König gave these lectures, but the importance of two streams of nutrition and of our relationship with the cosmos has not … There is much in these lectures that is thought-provoking'
-- Paul Carline, New View

'Karl König would have certainly embraced and carried forward these scientific findings […] This book will be apprecited by many sympathetic readers who want to deepen their grasp on the past elements that have informed the growth and development of the Camphill Movement.'
--Simon Hanks, 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.


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