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American Anthroposophy
A1 Principles of Anthroposophy
Rudolf Steiner said; “Anyone interested in looking for them will find the basic principles of Anthroposophy already enunciated in this book.” Quotes in this video were selected for a quick review of The Philosophy of Freedom to the music of Bach Air On A G String and Pachelbell Canon.

A2 What is a Free Deed?
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) from “Truth and Knowledge,” viii.
This is the final chapter in Rudolf Steiner's book "Truth and Knowledge". It expresses an idea of freedom to be expanded upon in "The Philosophy of Freedom" which was the next book written by Steiner.

A3 What is Free Community?
What is real anthroposophical community?
“Awakening To Community” by Rudolf Steiner, lecture 6

A4 How To Experience Free Will
The Philosophy of Freedom Chapter 9 & 12
Our psychological-physical organization contributes nothing to the essential nature of thinking, but withdraws whenever the activity of thinking takes place. The right to call an act of will free arises from the experience that an ideal intuition comes to realization in the act of will.

Part I Knowledge: Chapter 1 thru 7 Philosophy of Freedom

K1 Pursuit Of Individuality
This video is based on the beginning of Chapter 1 called The Goal of Knowledge in the original 1894 edition of The Philosophy of Freedom. This part was removed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1918 revised edition. What had been Chapter 2, Conscious Human Thought, is now Chapter 1.

K2 Free Will or Determinism?

Chapter 1 Conscious Human Action
After an introduction to the free will debate the question of freedom is applied to the act of giving flowers. Were the flowers given freely or was the act determined by something else? The video may be paused if the slides are moving to fast.

K3 Introduction To Duality and Mind-Body Debate
Chapter 2 The Fundamental Desire For Knowledge
This edited B BC video presents some history on the mind-body debate found in Chapter 2 of The Philosophy of Freedom; The Fundamental Urge For Knowledge. How can a brain made of matter think? How can a nonmaterial mind influence a material body?

K4 Religion, Art, and Science Seek Unity

Chapter 2 The Fundamental Desire For Knowledge
We seek everywhere for an explanation for what we observe in the world. The mental process splits the world into two halves; into things outside of me, and into images of these things within me. Only when we have made the world-content into our thought-content do we rediscover the unity from which we separated ourselves.

K5 Materialism, Spiritualism, Absolutism, and Idealism

Chapter 2 The Fundamental Desire For Knowledge
Examples are given of four one-sided explanations of the world. The Materialist can not argue away the Spirit anymore than the Spiritualist can argue away the outer world of Matter.

K6 Introspection
Chapter 2 The Fundamental Desire For Knowledge
The contradictory view that our Thinking is the product of Matter (brain) but Matter is the product of Thinking. In our everyday life we have some awareness of what is going on in our mind; lots of thoughts?, sleepy?, attentive? The challenge is to refine and intensify our introspective awareness.

Part II Freedom: Chapter 8 thru 14 Philosophy of Freedom
Part 1 Individuality and Group Stereotype
Chapter 14 Individuality and Type
Is individuality possible considering so much of who we are is determined by the groups we belong to such as race, ethnicity, nation, family, gender, religion and political party?

Part 2 Pursuit of Happiness

Chapter 13 The Value Of Life Video 1
Is their more pleasure or pain in life? Optimism declares this the best possible world, and to live and act in it is a gift of untold value. Pessimism contends that life is a burden full of misery and want.

Part 3 What is our Highest Pleasure?

Chapter 13 The Value Of Life Video 2
Is the 'will' strong enough to overcome the pain of life’s difficulties? If freedom is to be realized, the willing within human nature must be sustained by intuitive thinking. Individuals determine the value of life by measuring their achievements against their aims.

Part 4 Moral Intuition, Moral Imagination, Moral Technique

Chapter 12 Moral Imagination Video 1
Out of imagination, the not-yet-existing actions of the future will originate. Moral imagination, in order to turn its idea into a reality, must set to work applying Moral Technique to not violate the natural laws by which things are connected.

Part 5 Creative Ethics

Chapter 12 Moral Imagination Video 2
Should we measure our morality against the standard of traditional moral doctrines? The content of moral laws is newly created for each situation, not inherited. To be free means being able to determine, by moral imagination, those mental pictures (your motives) which underlie the action.

Part 6 Purpose and Destiny

Chapter 11 World Purpose and Life Purpose (Human Destiny)
What is my mission in the world? To the question: What is my task in life? there can be just one answer. Machines or beings of nature do not have purpose just because they are fashioned according to a law.

Part 7 Moral Authority
Chapter 10 Freedom Philosophy and Monism Video 1
Morality is dictated by family, state, society, church, God, and conscience.
Speculative Metaphysics imagines forces and adds it on to what is actually experienced. Materialism makes human beings into automatons whose conduct is the result of mechanical law. Spiritualism makes human beings into slaves of the Absolute.

Part 8 Moral Freedom
Chapter 10 Freedom Philosophy and Monism Video 2
Monism denies any validity to speculative Metaphysics. Ethical commandments which the Metaphysician assumes flows from a higher power are for the Monist thoughts of human beings. Each one of us is called upon to be a free spirit just as each rose bud is called upon to be a rose.

A4 How To Experience Free Will
Chapter 9 The Idea of Freedom
Our psychological-physical organization contributes nothing to the essential nature of thinking, but withdraws whenever the activity of thinking takes place. The right to call an act of will free arises from the experience that an ideal intuition comes to realization in the act of will.

Part 9 Motive, Driving Force and ‘I’
Chapter 9 The Idea Of Freedom Video 1
The two factors to be considered in an act of will are the Motive and the Driving Force. The same idea motivates different people to different actions according to their individual make-up; their characterological disposition. The characterological disposition is formed by the content of our mental pictures and feelings. Music video depicting Motive, Driving Force and ‘I’.

Part 10 Four Moral Levels of Driving Force
Chapter 9 The Idea Of Freedom Video 2
The Driving Force of our will is determined by our more or less permanent make-up. There are four levels of Driving Force: 1. Instinctive Life 2. Feeling Life 3. Practical Experience 4. Conceptual Thinking

Part 11 Four Moral Levels of Motive
Chapter 9 The Idea Of Freedom Video 3
The idea or motive is the momentary determining factor of willing; the aim or purpose of the action. There are four moral levels of Motives: 1. Egotism 2. Moral Authority 3. Moral Insight 4. Conceptual Intuition

Part 12 Capacity For Moral Intuition
Chapter 9 The Idea Of Freedom Video 4

Part 13 Situational Ethics Determined by Pure Intuition
Chapter 9 The Idea Of Freedom Video 5
How can an action be individually made to fit the special case and special situation and yet at the same time be conceptually determined by pure intuition? This video uses various view-points of world hunger to sort out the terms, perceptual content, moral motive, cognitive concept, moral concept, moral principle, moral duty, moral label, and idea. Good luck.