Anthroposophical Methodology - the works of Gennady Bondarev

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G. A. Bondarev


Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Philosophie der Freiheit’

As the Foundation of Logic of Beholding Thinking.

Religion of the Thinking Will.

Organon of the New Cultural Epoch.

An Introduction to Anthroposophical Methodology

Volume I

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In this book the attempt is made to give a systematic description of the methodology which underlies anthroposophy and which, at the same time, constitutes its essential core. This methodology has on the one hand a universal and on the other hand a subjective character – by virtue of its anthropocentric nature. It shows how the modern human being with his capacity for thinking in concepts can qualitatively transform the character of his thinking – and thereby also of his consciousness – by ascending from reflection to perceptive thought, and with the help of ‘the power of judgement in beholding’ (anschauende Urteilskraft) can perceive the ideas directly within the objects – just as this was possible for Goethe.

Such a transformation of the character of his thinking leads the human being to a metamorphosis of his own self, and ultimately also of his own species. And it is for this, above all, that anthroposophy provides a basis in method. It shows how humanity through the course of a long evolution has, in a certain sense, arrived at a threshold and also a point of crisis, in which it becomes evident that the creative forces of abstract thinking are exhausted. This crisis can be overcome and the threshold crossed by each single individual only if he is able to transform the quality of his thinking through the forces of a strengthened ‘I’-consciousness.

This metamorphosis leads the human being to freedom. For this reason he can only realize it himself in full independence – in contrast to the evolutionary metamorphoses of the past, thanks to which he first became an upright, then a speaking and finally a rational being (homo sapiens), and in which he was carried by nature and by the general cultural development.

On this path the methodology of anthroposophy will provide invaluable help. This methodology can become the single unifying methodology of all modern sciences, as it describes the unitary sensible-supersensible reality. The subjective side of the methodology is expressed in the fact that its own reality arises only insofar as it is realized through each individual human subject, corresponding to the transformation of consciousness he has achieved individually. It assumes a special form in each human being. In order to master it, an assimilation of it in the form of knowledge is not enough: it needs to be learnt through practice. Theory and practice of this methodology have been given in the best and at the same time the simplest form by Rudolf Steiner in his ‘Philosophy of Freedom (Spiritual Activity)’.

G. A. Bondarev’s book contains, therefore, a complete structural analysis of this work, in which Rudolf Steiner presents the fundamentals of his theory of knowledge. Thinking takes place in the ‘Philosophy of Freedom’ (Spiritual Activity) through the movement of sevenfold metamorphosis. A living experience of this thought structure constitutes the practical part of the methodology of anthroposophy.

-  (Translated from a description of the German edition by Graham Rickett)

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7fold dialectic

Submitted by Admin on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 8:50am.

To all:

I am forwarding some posts that I made a couple
of weeks ago to the Yahoo "Anthroposophical
Methodology" e-group.  This is a private
e-group, but since all these posts are mine, I
feel free to put them into the public domain. 
You see, I went fishing for some criticism, but
I didn't catch any. 

Key to Life: An Introductory Sketch to Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom

Submitted by Admin on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 6:32am.
In his new book, Key to Life, he provides a sketch of the important yet underrated work, The Philosophy of Freedom, by 19th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.

 PRLog (Press Release)Aug 05, 2010 – Some philosophy books need a companion guide so that non-philosophy types can read, understand and enjoy the work as much as those who are scholars of the field. Author Iddo Oberski has done just that. In his new book, Key to Life, he provides a sketch of the important yet underrated work, The Philosophy of Freedom, by 19th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Key to Life will help new readers make sense of the essential ideas of Steiner’s book and prepare them for working through the detailed account itself.

Steiner’s book delves into the age-old question of freedom of will and one key strand in his approach is the experiential exploration of the nature of thinking. Topics such as this can often be difficult to understand when written by an academic for an academic audience. Grasping the key ideas in Oberski’s book Key to Life will inspire readers to dive into Steiner’s book and read it without encountering major obstacles. Pick up your copy of Key to Life today so that you, too, can understand and truly appreciate Steiner’s 19th-century book about the philosophy of freedom.

Key to Life (ISBN:  978-1-60911-865-5) will be available August 3, 2010 for $10.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s Web site:
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About the Author:
First-time author Iddo Oberski is originally from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is now a lecturer at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Throughout his studies in neurobiology, primatology and education, he always thought that a real knowledge of the human being was possible. In Steiner’s book, he felt he finally got some answers.

Design your own PoF to become a "Living Symbol"

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 4:21pm.

That is the advice of Wibke Reinstein given at the end of an answer to a question as to whether she remembers her incarnation as Rudolf Steiner.

Take the Rudi-Quiz!!! (12 Questions)

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 2:39pm.

Wibke Reinstein is one of the choices in this “Rudi-Quiz” which appears on the back page of the latest newsletter of the Youth Seminar in Stuttgart, Germany.   (a kind of Foundation Year Study in Anthroposophy)

Text draft of upcoming chapter 3 video

Submitted by Tom Last on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 10:22am.

last journal entry - "all good things must come to an end"

Submitted by Joel on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 6:31am.

Friends, and acquaintances,

"An incorrect result of research in the spiritual world is a living being.  It is there; it must be resisted, it must first be eradicated" [R.S., ed.] ' (22.10.1915, GA 254)