"The world cannot be rightly considered from the one-sided standpoint of one single conception, one single mode of thought; the world discloses itself only to someone who knows that one must look at it from all sides. Just as the sun — if we go by the Copernican conception of the universe — passes through the signs of the Zodiac in order to illuminate the earth from twelve different points, so we must not adopt one standpoint, the standpoint of Idealism, or Sensationalism, or Phenomenalism, or any other conception of the world with a name of this kind; we must be in a position to go all round the world and accustom ourselves to the twelve different standpoints from which it can be contemplated. In terms of thought, all twelve standpoints are fully justifiable. For a thinker who can penetrate into the nature of thought, there is not one single conception of the world, but twelve that can be equally justified — so far justified as to permit of equally good reasons being thought out for each of them. There are twelve such justified conceptions of the world. " Rudolf Steiner, Human and Cosmic Thought: P39
"In 1894 I made the attempt with my Philosophy of Freedom to provide just such a philosophic basis on which to approach spiritual science. It presents the wide range of human standpoints, often masquerading under such strange philosophical names, in a way that leaves the reader free of attachment to any particular approach and able to let the various concepts speak for themselves, as though each were a photograph of one and the same object taken from many different angles." Rudolf Steiner on his book the Philosophy of Freedom P. 97
"Steiner deals in turn with each possible point of view, illustrating each one with an example from the literature, and then showing the fallacies or shortcomings that have to be overcome." Michael Wilson in the Introduction to TPOF.
A section system is used as a means to divide the book into conversation topics. It is based on the World-Outlook diagram (opens in new window) from Steiner's Human and Cosmic Thought applied to The Philosophy of Freedom. Each topic section expresses a particular world-view. The table of links below takes you immediately to each topic section of The Philosophy of Freedom. Attached files at the bottom of the page have the Wilson translation sectioned off according to this system.
This web site has an automatic link maker where if you type a section number such as 5-6 into a comment it will make a link to that section of the book. Parts of the book not in this table such as author additions can be found here: http://www.philosophyoffreedom.com/index.php?q=node/1113
The chart Zodiac symbols are links to explanations of the world-views. Click this World-Outlook diagram link (opens in new window) to match world-views to Zodiac symbols.
The Philosophy of Freedom World View Edition
Wilson translation of The Philosophy of Freedom © Rudolf Steiner Press, London, 1964
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