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Chapter 8 Philosophy of Freedom Steiner

Revised 05/11/2009
Copyright © Tom Last 2009

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Chapter 07 [0]   reality-based thinking
self  Chapter 08   ethics of self-knowledge  
 Chapter 06 [0]   independent thinking  
 mental picture 
 Chapter 09 [0]   ethical individualism
 Chapter 05 [0]   critical thinking concept  Chapter 10 [0]   ethics of authority
 Chapter 04 [0]   reactive thinking perception  Chapter 11 [0]   ethical naturalism
 Chapter 03 [0]   reflective thinking 
thought  Chapter 12 [0]   ethical norms
 Chapter 02 [0]   one-sided thinking desire  Chapter 13 [0]   ethics of self-gratification 
 Chapter 01 [0]   compelled thinking will  Chapter 14 [0]   group ethics

The Philosophy of Freedom

Chapter 8
The Factors Of Life

Ethics Of Intuitive Thinking:   If we turn towards thinking in its essence, we find in it both feeling and will, and these in the depths of their reality; if we turn away from thinking towards “mere” feeling and will, we lose from these their true reality. If we are ready to experience thinking intuitively, we can also do justice to the experience of feeling and of will; but the mysticism of feeling and the metaphysics of will are not able to do justice to the penetration of reality by intuitive thinking

If we once succeed in really finding life in thinking, we shall know that swimming in mere feelings, or being intuitively aware of the will element, cannot even be compared with the inner wealth and the self-sustaining yet ever moving experience of this life of thinking, let alone be ranked above it. -author's addition [0]

Question: Is reason usually lifeless and abstract while willing and feeling fill the soul with warmth?

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[0]8.0 [0] Cognitive Being
If we call the establishment of such a thought connection an "act of cognition", and the resulting condition of ourself "knowledge", then, assuming the above supposition to be true, we should have to consider ourselves as beings who merely cognize or know.

8.1 [0] Life Of Feeling
The Naïve Realist holds that the personality actually lives more genuinely in the life of feeling than in the purely ideal element of knowledge.

8.2 [0] Perception of Feeling
To begin with, feeling is exactly the same, on the subjective side, as the perception is on the objective side.

8.3 [0] Incomplete Feeling
Feeling is an incomplete reality, which, in the form in which it first appears to us, does not yet contain its second factor, the concept or idea.

8.4 [0] Feeling Of Existence
The concept of self emerges from within the dim feeling of our own existence.

8.5 [0] Cultivation Of Feeling
The cultivation of the life of feeling appears more important than anything else.

8.6 [0] Feeling Knowledge
Attempts to make feeling, rather than knowing, the instrument of knowledge.

8.7 [0] Philosopher Of Feeling
Makes a universal principle out of something that has significance only within one's own personality.

8.8 [0] Mysticism Of Feeling
Wants to raise feeling, which is individual, into a universal principle.

8.9 [0] Willing
The individual relation of our self to what is objective.

8.10 [0] Philosophy Of Will
The will becomes the world-principle of reality.

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Real Experience Of Feeling and Willing
Besides the ideal principle which is accessible to knowledge, there is said to be a real principle which cannot be apprehended by thinking but can yet be experienced in feeling and willing.

8.12 [0] Universal Will
The will as a universal world-process.

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