Anthroposophy and the Philosophy of Freedom by Sergei Prokofieff

Submitted by Tom Last on Mon, 12/13/2010 - 11:35am.
Sergei Prokofieff
Chairman of the Executive Council of the Anthroposophical Society
Titles: Numerous books on anthroposophy.

Book:
Anthroposophy and the Philosophy of Freedom
Book back cover: In considering its multi-faceted '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, 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.

Prokofieff's book is an example of the desire of Anthroposophists to connect The Philosophy Of Freedom with Steiner's later writings on theosophy. The Philosophy of Freedom stands independent of theosophy or any other system because it is a product of independent thinking. The books comprehensiveness of all views makes it possible to find connections to any other system, but his attempt to derive theosophical themes directly from the book is contradicted by reading the book and this quote from Steiner:

"It is certainly not possible to deduce what is described in the author's later books by logical inference from the contents of this one." 1918 Rudolf Steiner, addition to Consequences of Monism.

Prokofieff is a great intellectual and seeks an intellectual connection between anthroposophy and The Philosophy Of Freedom. The actual connection is found in the development of intuitive thinking.

"a living comprehension of what is meant in this book (POF) by intuitive thinking will lead quite naturally to a living entry into the world of spiritual perception." 1918 Rudolf Steiner, addition to Consequences of Monism.


longer quote:
"Once experienced, the world of spiritual perception cannot appear to man as something foreign to him, because in his intuitive thinking he already has an experience which is purely spiritual in character. Such a world of spiritual perception is discussed in a number of writings which I have published since this book first appeared. The Philosophy of Freedom forms the philosophical foundation for these later writings. For it tries to show that the experience of thinking, when rightly understood, is in fact an experience of spirit. Therefore it appears to the author that no one who can in all seriousness adopt the point of view of The Philosophy of Freedom will stop short before entering the world of spiritual perception. It is certainly not possible to deduce what is described in the author's later books by logical inference from the contents of this one. But a living comprehension of what is meant in this book by intuitive thinking will lead quite naturally to a living entry into the world of spiritual perception." -1918 Rudolf Steiner, addition to Consequences of Monism.