Philosophy of Freedom

Philosophy of Freedom

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855842663

Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 260

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Written in 1894 (CW 4) Are we free, whether we know it or not? Is any notion of individual freedom merely an illusion? Steiner tackles these age-old questions in a new and unique way. He shows that, by considering our own activity of thinking, we can realize the reasons for everything we do. And if these reasons are taken from the realm of our ideals, our actions are free, because only we determine them. The question of freedom cannot be settled by philosophical argument. Nor is it simply granted to us. If we want to be free, we must work through our own inner activity to overcome unconscious urges and habitual thinking. To accomplish this, we must reach a point of view that recognizes no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. Then we can achieve the highest level of evolution--we will recognize ourselves as free spirits. This volume is a translation of Die Philosophie der Freiheit (GA 4) from German by Michael Wilson.

Anthroposophy and The Philosophy of Freedom

Anthroposophy and The Philosophy of Freedom

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781906999025

Category: Philosophy

Page: 291

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Some people's path to anthroposophy leads them directly to Rudolf Steiner's early work and The Philosophy of Freedom, and this becomes the philosophical basis for their future exploration. Rudolf Steiner referred to this as a 'safe' approach. But many people's destiny leads them directly to anth.roposophy itself, or via one of its practical initiatives, making it difficult sometimes for them to relate to the cognitive basis of anthroposophy. In this unique study Sergei O. Prokofieff offers fresh means of access to Rudolf Steiner's crucially important book, The Philosophy of Freedom. Prokofieff indicates why The Philosophy of Freedom is so important to anthroposophy. It is here that Rudolf Steiner lays the foundations for his method of research. In Steiner's own words: 'One who is willing can indeed find the basic principles of anthroposophy in my Philosophy of Freedom'. Prokofieff discusses the Christian nature of the anthroposophical method of cognition, and how it is integrally related to freedom and love. This in turn reveals the deeply Christian roots of The Philosophy of Freedom and its importance for modern ChriMian esotericism. In fact, says Prokofieff, the book holds a 'central position ... in the spiritual history of the Occident'. In considering its multifaceted 'cosmic-human dimension', the author discusses The Philosophy of Freedom in relation to the Mystery of the Resurrection, the Working of the Hierarchies, the Being Anthroposophia, the Fifth Gospel, Rudolf Steiner's Path of Initiation, the Rosicrucian and Michaelic Impulses, the Life Between Death and Rebirth, the Foundation Stone, the Christian Mysteries of Karma and the Science of the Grail.

The Philosophy of Freedom

The Philosophy of Freedom

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781257835126

Category: Education

Page: 172

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The Philosophy of Freedom describes Rudolf Steiner's path to freedom. It contains the nonconformist ideals of his youth that result from his study of mathematics, science, and philosophy culminating in a philosophy of life founded upon individualistic truth and ethical individualism. This is the first English translation and the only one sanctioned by Rudolf Steiner himself. Joint translators Prof. and Mrs. R. F. Alfred Hoernle were selected for their outstanding qualifications. First published in 1916, it is based on the original 1894 German Die Philosophie der Freiheit. Other translations have been based on the 1918 revised German edition. It includes inspiring passages about individualism that were removed from the book in 1918 and are missing in later translations: We no longer believe that there is a norm to which we must all strive to conform. If only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development.

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 088010385X

Category: Religion

Page: 281

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Here Rudolf Steiner provides a path from ordinary thinking to the practice and experience of living thinking. Considered by many to be his most important work.

Rudolf Steiner on His Book "The Philosophy of Freedom"

Rudolf Steiner on His Book

Author: Otto Palmer

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880106955

Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 213

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Eternal becoming in thinking Every step a deepening Overcoming the surface Penetrating the depths." --Rudolf Steiner Much has been written by students of spiritual science on The Philosophy of Freedom, but the advantage of discovering what the author himself had to say about this most important and seminal work should be obvious. Not only were the words of the text chosen most carefully, but also its very structure was intended to become a powerful inner experience for the careful reader. In a sense, all of the works that flowed from Rudolf Steiner in the following years were to elaborate on this great work. At the age of twenty-seven, Rudolf Steiner "was beset by questions" related to outer human life, whereas inner human nature had been revealing itself to him with increasing clarity as a world of reality. In all his works, Steiner had relied on contemplation of that inner world, which led to writing The Philosophy of Freedom. His intention was to join inner and outer so that true inner work would lead to fully incarnating as human beings. The book that resulted became a pillar of anthroposophic practice and essential study for every student of inner development. Otto Palmer has provided an invaluable service by extracting numerous references from the words of Rudolf Steiner, providing keys to the deeper meanings behind the words of The Philosophy of Freedom, making it more accessible and meaningful to readers. Contents: How the Book Came To Be The Book's Aims and Artistic Composition New Thinking The Sphere of Freedom New Willing New Thinking, New Willing; The Thinking-Will Transition to the Social Problem The Socially Oriented Will Forces at Work in the Contemporary Scene The Book as a Training Manual Confrontations The Book's Christian Substance Epilogue, Notes, Partial Bibliography, Collateral Reading

The Philosophy of Freedom (the Philosophy of Spiritual Activity)

The Philosophy of Freedom (the Philosophy of Spiritual Activity)

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855840820

Category: Philosophy

Page: 233

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This special reprint, featuring the acclaimed translation by Michael Wilson, is being made available again in response to public demand. Are we free, whether we know if or not? Or is our sense of freedom merely an illusion? Rudolf Steiner tackles this age-old problem in a new way. He shows that by taking account of our own activity of thinking, we can know the reasons for our actions. And if these reasons are taken from our world of ideals, then our actions are free, because we alone determine them. But this freedom cannot be settled for us by philosophical argument. It is not simply granted to us. If we want to become free, we have to strive through our own inner activity to overcome our unconscious urges and habits of thought. In order to do this we must reach a point of view that recognizes no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. then we an achieve the highest level of evolution.

The Guardian of the Threshold and the Philosophy of Freedom

The Guardian of the Threshold and the Philosophy of Freedom

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781906999247

Category: Religion

Page: 122

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Just as an entire plant is contained in seminal form in its seed, the whole of Anthroposophy can be discovered in Rudolf Steiner's central work, The Philosophy of Freedom (Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path), a book that lays the foundation for a modern scientific path to the spiritual world. Given the centrality of the Guardian of the Threshold to modern initiation, one may ask where this theme can be found in The Philosophy of Freedom. Sergei Prokofieff presents his insights to this little-researched question in the first part of this volume. In the second part, he investigates the connection of The Philosophy of Freedom to the content of Rudolf Steiner's research into to what he called "The Fifth Gospel." Prokofieff's thoughtful commentary sheds new light on the connection between Rudolf Steiner's early work and what he developed later in life. Study of the relevant texts reveals that the roots of Steiner's early work lie in the same spiritual reality--the Christ impulse--as that of the later Anthroposophy he would develop.

What is Anthroposophy?

What is Anthroposophy?

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1902636783

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 42

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Unlike other works on this theme, Sergei Prokofieff's short book is more of a personal work than an actual introduction to Anthroposophy. The author presupposes the reader's familiarity with the basic principles of Anthroposophy and focuses on the central Christological insights that form the core of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy. This book is personal. It reflects one person's attemts to build a connection to Anthroposophy. As the author states in his preface: "As soon as we comprehend Anthroposophy as something living, we are concerned not merely with defining it intellectually but, rather, with developing a real relationship to it.... The content [of this book] will probably reveal more about the author and his relationship to Anthroposophy than about [Anthroposophy] itself, for its nature is basically beyond description and consequently evades any purely intellectual definition." This is a valuable addition to the body of secondary literature on Anthroposophy from an established and well-respected author on the subject. C O N T E N T S Preface 1. Anthroposophy and the Riddle of Man 2. The Anthroposophical Path of Knowledge 3. Ego-consciousness and the Mystery of Golgotha 4. Rudolf Steiner's Path of Development 5. The Being of Christ and the Mystery of Man

Key to Life

Key to Life

Author: Iddo Oberski

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 9781609118655

Category: Philosophy

Page: 64

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This short book provides a sketch of the important, but underrated book written by 19th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, The Philosophy of Freedom. The purpose of Key to Life is to help new readers make sense of the essential ideas of Steiner's book and prepare them for working through the detailed account itself. Grasping the key ideas should inspire readers to dive into the original at a later time and read it without encountering major obstacles. While Steiner's work delves into the age-old question of freedom of will, his approach to the experiential exploration of the nature of thinking is unique. A human act can only meaningfully be called free if the person acting is fully conscious of the reasons for his/her action. This means that the degree of freedom of the act is determined by the degree of freedom of the thinking preceding the act. But what is thinking? Iddo Oberski's book explains how Steiner sees thinking as a manifestation in us of a natural phenomenon, and as such, thinking should be understood as a real experience of the spiritual world. Steiner's philosophy sparked a movement called Anthroposophy, which seeks to develop a path to knowledge that runs in between science and mysticism. First-time author Iddo Oberski is originally from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is now a lecturer at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Throughout his studies in neurobiology, primatology and education, he always thought that a real knowledge of the human being was missing. In Steiner's book, he felt he finally got some answers. Publisher's Web site: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/KeyToLife-AnIntroductorySketch.html

The Essential Philosophy of Freedom

The Essential Philosophy of Freedom

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher:

ISBN: 1549925393

Category:

Page: 70

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Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom (1894) is one of his four "basic books." It is resounding defense of the centrality of thinking in epistemology, and of imagination in ethics.I have long felt that this book exhibits a twofold nature. Certain parts transcend the time of their writing, and stand today as fresh and valid as ever. These parts of The Philosophy of Freedom are immortal.Yet other parts are not. There Steiner deals with worldviews and philosophers (notably Eduard von Hartmann) that are no longer relevant today. And these sections actually dilute the argument; although it is perhaps heretical to say so, they diminish the book as a whole. Moreover, a great deal of the volume's attraction lies in the elegance of its formulations. Again and again Steiner is able to frame his argument in lapidary maxims. These should be highlighted and brought to the fore. Thus I hit on the idea of an abridged version, which would remove the distractions and make the gems stand out.