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Is this really a proper noun? ħumanUser talk:Human 21:21, 17 July 2008 (EDT)

Theosophy? It seems it can be, but I haven't seen any real conventions for when it should and should not be. - Gameboy (talk) 18:07, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes it is. Like philosophy, except 'Theosophy', the word, signals "wisdom about/of God" according to modern graeco-jargon. Rursus dixit (yada³!) 17:13, 2 September 2011 (UTC)
Within groups of Theosophists, they capitalize if talking about their own organization or doctrine/dogma, and use lowercase if referring to the "ancient wisdom" in a more general sense. There are many "official" organisations within the modern movement. I don't know how much they recognize each other as legitimate. I saw a statement recently from a San Francisco organization claiming to be the "true" bearers of the mantle, but I don't think the TSA at Wheaton, Illinois would agree.
Ragityman (talk) 15:59, 25 April 2014 (UTC)


Helena Blavatsky would deserve her own article, since she was generally low-intensity mythomanic claiming to be in contact with some spiritual council (of supernatural beings). Most of Theosophical history was about schisms, this-or-that person "discovering" spiritual letters, and this-or-that person having supernatural information. Antroposophy was one of the split-offs. The more detailed factual description, the more whacko Theosophy appears. Cf. WP:Helena_Blavatsky#Theosophy! Rursus dixit (yada³!) 19:04, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

I think me the Wikipedian fools are currently constructing a pseudo-history on WP:Theosophy and perhaps WP:Theosophy (history of philosophy). My comment at WP:Talk:Theosophy#A_word_of_warning. Rursus dixit (yada³!) 19:46, 1 January 2012 (UTC)


My understanding is that Steiner continued to consider himself a Theosophist to his death. His followers coined the term Anthroposophy and formed the new organization posthumously. Steiner founded the schools in his lifetime, and was very involved in admin/supervision. Ragityman (talk) 16:10, 25 April 2014 (UTC)