Leading Thoughts of original Preface

Submitted by Tom Last on Tue, 01/04/2011 - 5:10pm.

The original introduction or preface to The Philosophy Of Freedom mentions "science" 17 times. It mentions "spirit" and "soul" 0 times. This was replaced by a new preface as part of the 1918 Steiner revisions. The new preface doesn't concern itself with science unless in the context of spirit: "Spiritual-scientific mentioned 3 times, spirit total of 9 times, and soul 10 times. Further evidence that Steiner revised The Philosophy Of Freedom for the benefit of theosophists. The original POF needs to be restored for the scientifically minded people of today.

from the original:

We only believe what appears to each of us within as truth.

Only truth can give us certainty in developing our individual powers.

It is no longer enough merely to believe, we want to know.

As individuals, we claim the right to start from the facts that we know, from our closest experiences, and from there ascend to a knowledge of the whole universe.

Rather than being crammed with facts of knowledge, we seek to develop capacities so that one wants to understand.

While the tendency today is to be stereotypical, individuality is the path to truth.

It is thinking that lifts us into the realm of concepts if one is to experience existence in all directions.

Science no longer requires pious exercises, but it does require withdrawing oneself awhile from the immediate impressions of life and entering the world of pure thought.

Life is a unity, the more the sciences specialize in single fields the more they distance themselves from a holistic view of the world.

A philosophy of the sciences is needed to integrate the principles discovered in the separate sciences into a single living whole.

For real philosophers ideas are their artistic materials and scientific method their artistic technique.

Science has true value only when the results have importance for humanity.

Knowledge has value when it it contributes to the all-around development of the whole person.

Rather than bowing down and serving the ideas of science, take possession of them and use them for human aims that transcend those of mere science.

If we do not confront ideas as master, we will become their slave.