Karl König Edition

Peter Selg (ed.)
Karl König: My Task
Autobiography and Biographies

Karl König Archive, Vol. 1, 2008
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-628-1

Born in 1902 into a Jewish family, Karl König grew up in Vienna in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He studied medicine and during this time came across the work of Rudolf Steiner. Soon after graduating he worked with Ita Wegman in Switzerland, where he also met his wife, Tilla.

He was a pioneer in the early days of Pilgramshain, a home for children with special needs in Silesia, Germany. However, in 1936 under political pressure he left Germany for Austria. Here he had a large medical practice as well as being the focus of a group of young people interested in Steiner’s work.

Following the annexation of Austria by the Nazis, König and many of the young people around him came to Britain as refugees. The ideal of working together as a community was put into practice with the founding of Camphill in 1939. König was the driving force behind the expansion of the Camphill movement across the British Isles, into Europe, South Africa and North America. He died in 1966.

Peter Selg
Karl König's Path into Anthroposophy
Reflections from is Diaries

Karl König Archive, Vol. 2, 2008
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-629-8

This study provides a glimpse into Karl König's inner world ancl the spiritual development of his work, thus bringing his deep spirituality and humanity to light in a very special way. Tlhrough the many quotations from his own diaries this work allows us to meet König through his words ancl to see some of his innermost intentions and endeavours, which also laid the foundation for his work in the Camphill Schools and Villages.

Peter Selg
Ita Wegmann and Karl König

Karl König Archive, Vol. 3, 2007
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-661-8

Ita Wegman, born in 1876 to a Dutch family living in Indonesia, first met Rudolf Steiner in Berlin in 1902 when she was 26 years old. She studied medicine at the University of Zurich and in 1917, following Steiner's indications, developed a treatment for cancer using mistletoe. In 1921 she founded the first anthroposophical medical clinic, in Arlesheim, Switzerland, followed in 1922 by the Sonnenhof home for children with special needs.

Karl König first met Wegman in 1927, and she quickly recognized his great potential, as well as his weaknesses. She invited him to work at the Arlesheim clinic as her assistant, and encouraged and advised him in his medical work.

This book includes the complete correspondence between König and Wegman.

Karl König
The Child with Special Needs
Letters and Essays on Curative Education

Karl König Archive, Vol. 4, 2009
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-693-9

In this remarkable collection of Karl König's letters and essays, König considers and discusses the fundamentals of special needs education.

He shows that there are three core aspects to a successful holistic education and healing approach: firstly, a positive social environment, which in the context of Camphill is achieved through small family units of carers and children; secondly, that carers' work is based on an insightful understanding of the nature and potential of each individual child and disability; and thirdly that medical treatment is imbued with courage to keep believing that the impossible is possible.

Karl König
Seeds for Social Renewal
The Camphill Village Conferences 

Karl König Archive, Vol. 5, 2009
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-704-2

In these lectures König explores the human being and social life, the individual and community, from an imaginative and often radical perspective. These explorations range majestically from masks and archetypal images, the threefold constitution in man and woman, the karma of vocation, and the fundamental social law, to the place of work, religion and culture within the threefold social organism, and karma and reincarnation.

These lectures arose from Karl König's experiences in building up Camphill Communities with extraordinary people with special needs. They are important both for the work in Camphill, as well as more broadly in the field of social therapy and beyond.

Karl König
An Inner Journey through the Year
Soul Images and The Calendar of the Soul

Karl König Archive, Vol. 6, 2010
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-735-6

Karl König meditated intensely on the 52 weekly verses of Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul. During his time in internment on the Isle of Man, he made these 52 naïve, artistic sketches to accompany each verse. This is a wonderful way to experience an important spiritual tool.

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 the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established all over Britain and Europe, North America and Southern Africa.

Karl König
The Calendar of the Soul
A Commentary
Edited by Richard Steel 

Karl König Archive, Vol. 7, 2010
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-784-4

Karl König meditated intensely on the 52 weekly verses of Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul. He often encouraged his colleagues to find inner strength from the verses, and wrote this book as a guide for them, drawing out the patterns through the course of the year.

There are also some lecture notes and additional essays.

This book will be a useful and inspiring guide for anyone who wants to fully understand and experience Steiner's Calendar.

Karl König
Becoming Human: A Social Task
The Threefold Social Order
Edited by Richaed Steel

Karl König Archive, Vol. 8, 2011
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-809-4

Karl Konig, the founder of the Camphill Movement, was very aware of the need for change in the social order he saw around him. In this revealing collection of imaginative thought and ideas, he shows, however, that true social change must begin in individuals.

He goes on to say that renewal is something all human beings can practise themselves, in the midst of their everyday life.

Rchard Steel (ed.)

Communities for Tomorrow

Karl König Archive, Vol. 9, 2011
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-810-0

How can we connect meaningfully with our fellow human beings and build successful communities, whilst also cultivating a healthy individuality? As part of a growing dialogue between people within and outside of Camphill, a conference called Community Building in the Light of Michael took place at the Goetheanum in 2009. The contributions in this book originate from there.


Karl König
At the Threshold of the Modern Age
Biographies around the year 1861 

Karl König Archive, Vol. 10, 2011
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-845-2

The late nineteenth-century was an era of contrasts. On the one hand, philosophical materialism was increasing its influence over science. On the other, there was a growing social awareness and quest for spiritual values.

Karl König explores the personal stories of twenty-nine pioneers whose work and experiences helped shape that era. They include artists and writers, social reformers, philosophers and political activists, and scientists. He considers how they responded as individuals to the challenges of the changing world around them. His insights and conclusions are relevant for us today, as we face our own time of change and upheaval.

Karl König

Brothers and Sisters
The Order of Birth in the Family: An Expanded Edition

Karl König Archive, Vol. 11, 2012
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-846-9

'There can be no doubt that special traits of character and mental make-up are found in children and adults who belong to the different ranks in the order of birth.'

In this classic work, Karl König attempts to explain the various characteristics of first-, second- and third-born people, without losing sight of the tremendous individuality of the human being.

Just as our environment shapes our language, social behaviour and mannerisms, so our place in the family also determines how we encounter life.

This book is a fascinating handbook for parents, teachers and carers. Over the years it has become a definitive reference on the subject of child development.

Richard Steel and Peter Selg (eds.)
Kaspar Hauser and Karl König

Karl König Archive, Vol. 12, 2012
Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN 978-086315-879-7

Kaspar Hauser was a young man who appeared on the streets of Nuremberg in Germany in the early nineteenth century. His innocence and mysterious background captured the hearts of many at the time.

2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Kaspar Hauser's birth. This timely book draws together Karl König's thoughts on the enigma of Kaspar Hauser, as well as exploring König's deep connection to the young man.

The book includes König's essay 'The Story of Kaspar Hauser', as well as essays from Peter Selg on 'König, Wegman and Kaspar Hauser' and Richard Steel on how König spoke of Kaspar Hauser in his diaries, notes and letters.