Steven R. Decker
Steven Decker is Chancellor of the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst.
Steven Decker is a scholar par excellence who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge and its dissemination. He has spent the last 35 years immersing himself in the works of Samuel Hahnemann, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rudolf Steiner and Wilhelm Reich, among many others in the Dynamic System.
His University studies in Germany led him to a deep appreciation of the works and life of Goethe and later into an extensive study of his scientific writings. It was in this context that his discovery of the writings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann took place. He realized, in studying the original works of Dr. Hahnemann in the original German, that these works formed a critical part of a dynamic system of thought applied to medicine, but that they had been misunderstood and mistranslated. His intensive work and retranslations of Hahnemann’s writings have yielded new insights into their meaning and have shown the prevailing confusion in traditional homeopathic writings and teachings. Because of his deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the German language in the context and times in which Dr. Hahnemann was lived and wrote, his translation of Hahnemann’s works, and in particular his Interlinear Extended Organon, has been hailed by the homeopathic community as the most brilliant rendering of Hahnemann’s genius.
All of this work has opened a perspective on what Coleridge called the “Dynamic System”, which has had many contributors since the inception of the modern scientific period. Beholding them all as a unity constituting a single coherent system of thought has been his constant endeavor over the last quarter century. This Dynamic System is the key to understanding homeopathy and Hahnemann’s complete medical system. In fact, what has emerged is an entire subterranean Western medical system, founded on the blueprint laid down by Dr. Hahnemann. The results of these ongoing investigations are currently being published in The Dynamic Legacy, a book written in collaboration with Rudi Verspoor. He also has created the most comprehensive translation of the Organon available to date. This book has been praised by many, including the University of Leipsig, for its excellence in adhering to the German language of the time of Hahnemann. A native Californian, he resides in Santa Barbara.