Submitted by AndreiP on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 7:01am.

I was thinking...if one only perceives something, she's not grasping reality yet...but if her thinking intuits the notion that corresponds to what she perceives, then she is grasping the reality of that something.
That's how human beings map reality. But is something less real, if it hasn't been mapped like this by a human being? (that's a strange thought that passed through my mind).

R.S already points to this when he speaks about the rose which is met by a human consciousness, and in that consciousness the perception unites with the concept of a rose. But he emphasizes the idea that something is added to the rose that belongs to it, when a thinking consciousness meets it - something no less valuable then its stem or leaves.

(this idea I found in the chapter called "Knowledge of the world" - and it surprised me from the first time as I found it very strange)

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Perception gives us one

Perception gives us one side of reality, thinking gives us another side. The full reality is when they are combined. What's interesting is that each chapter in Part 1 of POF describes a different relationship between percept/concept and the way they are combined. Chapters can be compared by looking at this changing relationship.

I haven't noticed that,

I haven't noticed that, maybe at my next reading.

What does <reality> mean?

Tom Last and other believers on and off this website repeats Steiner about , but Last doesn't bother to explain what he thinks the word means.


What with the previous post - why is a word missing?

Something is real if it

Something is real if it exists. Reality is made of things that exist. You can say: everything that has existence is part of reality and viceversa.

Rudolf Steiner explains how we come to know this reality.