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The Philosophy of Freedom

The Basis for a Modern World Conception

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The Philosophy of Freedom

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Revised translation of Steiner's groundbreaking philosophical work on the nature of freedom and thinking. The Philosophy of Freedom demonstrates the fact of freedom - the ability to think and act independently - as a possibility for modern consciousness. Read properly, it leads the reader to the experience of presence or living thinking - new thinking - by which all human activity may be renewed. This offering is a translation based on the 12th German edition.

By Rudolf Steiner

GA 4

Some results of introspective observation following the methods of Natural Science.

English translations of this book from 1922 to 1963 were published with the title The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity. This is a revised translation of Steiner's groundbreaking philosophical work on the nature of freedom and thinking. The Philosophy of Freedom demonstrates the fact of freedom — the ability to think and act independently — as a possibility for modern consciousness. Read properly, it leads the reader to the experience of presence or living thinking — new thinking — by which all human activity may be renewed. This offering is a translation This is the seventh English edition, translated from the German, and with an Introduction by Michael Wilson.

This translation, based on the 12th German edition of 1962, is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassvierwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Copyright © 1964
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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Contents  
Introduction by Michael Wilson  
Author's Prefaces: Preface to the revised edition of 1918  
Author's Prefaces: Preface to the first edition, 1894; revised, 1918  
 

KNOWLEDGE OF FREEDOM

Chapter OneConscious Human Action  
Chapter TwoThe Fundamental Desire for Knowledge  
Chapter ThreeThinking in the Service of Knowledge  
Chapter FourThe World as Percept  
Chapter FiveThe Act of Knowing the World  
Chapter SixHuman Individuality  
Chapter SevenAre There Limits to Knowledge?  
 

THE REALITY OF FREEDOM

Chapter EightThe Factors of Life  
Chapter NineThe Idea of Freedom  
Chapter TenFreedom — Philosophy and Monism  
Chapter ElevenWorld Purpose and Life Purpose  
Chapter TwelveMoral Imagination  
Chapter ThirteenThe Value of Life  
Chapter FourteenIndividuality and Genus  
 

ULTIMATE QUESTIONS

The Consequences of Monism  
 
Appendix Added to the new edition, 1918  
Translator's Note  




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