Karl Ballmer

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Karl Ballmer
Born 23 February 1891
Aarau, Switzerland
Died 7 September 1958
Lugano, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Known for Painting

Karl Ballmer (23 February 1891 – 7 September 1958) was a Swiss painter, anthroposophical philosopher, and writer.[1]


In 1918, he met Rudolf Steiner. Shortly after 1920 he settled in Hamburg. After studying anthroposophy as autodidact for seven years, he tried to bring Rudolf Steiner into the discussions of the scientific world. In 1928, he published the Rudolf Steiner-Blätter for those who wanted to comprehend the so-called Rudolf Steiner Event.

In 1938, together with his friend, Edith van Cleef, he leaves Hamburg, Germany and moves back to Switzerland. In Lamone near Lugano he lives painting and writing for the remaining 20 years in almost total solitude. He writes about physics, philosophy, and theology – as anthroposophy. In his writings he targets fundamentals without compromises; he possesses huge natural scientific and spiritual scientific knowledge, thus the level of his publications was mostly very high.

In studying his works readers can experience sensitive self-encounters, (sadly) often without further consequences (in their own development). Ballmer, similar to Steiner, could be himself seen as an "Event" in development of mankind – as confrontation with the world process, of which he takes part.

Karl Ballmer's research in cognitive science and the evolution of the human self-awareness was influenced mainly by two books, 1) Rudolf Steiner's "Occult Science" (1909) and 2) Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin's "Irrthümer und Wahrheit, oder Rückweiß für die Menschen auf das allgemeine Principium aller Erkenntniß" (1782). (See quote from Karl Ballmer's "Deutsche Physik — von einem Schweizer" in the latter.)


  • Rudolf Steiner und die jüngste Philosophie, Hamburg 1928
  • Ernst Haeckel und Rudolf Steiner, Hamburg 1929
  • Das Goetheanum Rudolf Steiners, in: Bau-Rundschau, Hamburg 1930
  • Aber Herr Heidegger! Zur Freiburger Rektoratsrede Martin Heideggers. Foreword by Fritz Eymann, Basel 1933
  • Der Macher bin ich, den Schöpfer empfange ich, 1933
  • Rembrandt oder die Tragödie des Lichtes, 1933
  • A. E. Biedermann heute! Zur theologischen Aufrüstung, Bern 1941
  • Das Christentum der Berner Universität, Aarau 1941
  • Ein Schweizerischer Staatsrechtler: Karl Barth, Melide 1941
  • Elf Briefe über Wiederverkörperung, Besazio 1953
  • Briefwechsel über die motorischen Nerven, Besazio 1953
  • Editorin Marie Steiner, Besazio 1954
  • Philologin Marie Steiner, Besazio 1954
  • Die erste Mitteilung über soziale Dreigliederung, Besazio 1957


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  1. ^ Axel Westhagen (2004-10-06). "Forschungsstelle Kulturimpuls – Biographien Dokumentation". Biographien.kulturimpuls.org. Retrieved 2013-10-05.