Philosophy Of Freedom Reference Material

Philosophy Of Freedom Reference Material

A barrier to the study of The Philosophy of Freedom is bringing in terms and ideas from outside, such as terms Steiner later used in Anthroposophy, like “imagination” and “intuition”. Steiner gave these terms a different meaning in Anthroposophy. There is a reason Steiner calls his book, written before he adopted theosophy terminology, the product of independent thinking, because it is. When you don't understand something in the book, rather than looking outside, you will always find further explanation somewhere within the book. By remembering that he is always describing experience it is also very helpful to refer to your own experience. Because it is a book of independent thinking without familiar phrasing it is a common experience to work through a difficult section and then wonder why he made something so simple read so difficult.

In the book the meaning of imagination is closer to normal usage and the meaning of intuition refers to "intellectual" intuition that is experienced as insight by means of thinking contemplation. Michael Wilson explains in his notes on the translation:

In later writings Steiner describes how this ordinary faculty of imagining, or making mental pictures, can be developed to the point where it becomes the faculty of actually perceiving the creative ideas behind the phenomena of nature. In these later writings “Imagination” becomes a special term to indicate this level of perception, but in this book the meaning remains near to the ordinary usage.

Intuition is again the same as the German word, and means the faculty and process of grasping concepts. Steiner uses the term in an exact way, as follows (see Chapter 6, Knowing The World):

"In contrast to the content of the percept which is given to us from without, the content of thinking appears inwardly. The form in which this first makes its appearance we will call intuition. Intuition is for thinking what observation is for the percept."

In later writings, Steiner describes a stage of perception still higher than that called “Imagination”, the stage of “Intuition” in which one immediately apprehends the reality of other spiritual beings. Although this book deals only with the content of pure thinking, intuition at this level is also a step towards a higher level of perceiving reality.-Michael Wilson

Note: After Steiner's conversion to theosophy The Philosophy Of Freedom was re-titled to include the word "spiritual", becoming The Philosophy Of Spiritual Activity and later as Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path.
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Rudolf Steiner
1918 Additions, Prefaces, Appendix

Rudolf Steiner Quotes On His Philosophy Of Freedom

Introductory Books with Chapter Summaries
Self-Observation an Introduction to Rudolf Steiner's "Philosophy Of Spiritual Activity"
by Arnold Freeman (1956)

Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy Of Spiritual Activity
a student's introduction and analysis by Olin D. Wannamaker (1963)

Overview of the Philosophy of Freedom by wikipedia

Foreward by Matthew Barton
The Philosophy of Freedom, 2011 republication of Wilson translation

Translator's Foreward by Rita Stebbing
The Philosophy Of Freedom (1988) Rita Stebbing translation

Introduction by Michael Wilson
The Philosophy Of Freedom (1964) Michael Wilson translation

Introduction by Gertrude Reif Hughes
Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path, (1995) Lipson translation

Introduction Rudolf Steiner As A Philosopher by Hugo S. Bergman
Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (1963) Rita Stebbing translation

Foreword by Paul Marshall Allen
Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (1963) Rita Stebbing translation

Introduction by Otto Palmer
Rudolf Steiner on his book The Philosophy Of Freedom (1975) by Otto Palmer

Introduction By Evelyn Francis Capel

Introduction by Iddo Oberski
Preface to Key To Life (2010) by
Iddo Oberski

Chapter Summaries
The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity as a Path to Self-Knowledge by Rita Stebbing (1980)
short chapter summary

Philosophy Of Freedom Chapter Summary by Eric Cunningham (2008)

Chapter Summaries by Arnold Freeman (1956)

Brief Chapter Summaries by Olin D. Wannamaker (1963)

Chapter Questions by Tom Mellett

Translation Notes
Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (1963) Rita Stebbing translation

Notes on the translation by Michael Wilson
The Philosophy Of Freedom (1964) Michael Wilson translation

Book Thought Structure
The 12 world-view structure of The Philosophy of Freedom by Tom Last

The Philosophy of Freedom as a Musical Composition, DOWNLOAD or open PDF
The seven-sentence rhythm of love by Alan Stott

Work Book on the Philosophy of Freedom by GEORGE B O'NEIL

GA Bondarew, The Philosophy of Freedom by Rudolf Steiner as the basis of the logic of intuitive thinking PDF  Purchase (English Purchase (German)

POF chp. 9: “... The clearest account of this spring of action (of practical reason, ed.) has been given by Kreyenbuehl. In my opinion his article on this subject is one of the most important contributions to present-day philosophy, more especially to Ethics. Kreyenbuehl calls the spring of action, of which we are speaking, the practical a priori, i.e., an impulse to action emanating directly from my intuition.”
Ethical-Spiritual Activity in Kant by Johannes Kreyenbuehl