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  • Title: PoSA: Cover Sheet
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  • Title: PoSA: Contents
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    • presence or living thinking - new thinking - by which all human activity
    • The Conscious Human Deed
    • The Human Individuality
  • Title: PoSA: Bibliographical Note
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  • Title: PoSA: Foreword
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    • problems confronting each human being today.
    • a richer relationship with his fellow human beings. Far from estranging
    • more profound comprehension of humanity, for he has entered the portals
  • Title: PoSA: Introduction - Rudolf Steiner as a Philosopher
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    • nineteenth century, had proclaimed that the human consciousness cannot be
    • Human thinking frees the ideal pure form as such; thus, man becomes a
    • division of the world into that of human experience and that of the objects
    • is of a transcendental nature. Thus the human I is able to enter the
    • human being draws from his own personal world of ideas, there cannot be any
  • Title: PoSA: Preface to the Revised Edition, 1918
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    • fundamental to the human soul-life. One of these problems concerns the
    • possibility of attaining such insight into human nature that knowledge of
    • man can become the foundation of all human knowledge and experience of life.
    • a certain disposition it arises quite spontaneously in the human soul. And
    • will not be given, but a region of experiences within the human soul will be
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter I: The Conscious Human Deed
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    • THE CONSCIOUS HUMAN DEED
    • than this one. The concept of the freedom of the human will has found
    • sphere of human action and thinking. One and the same thing is here declared
    • as often to be the most precious possession of humanity, as it is said to be
    • how human freedom is compatible with the working of nature, to which, after
    • human will. The supposed indifferent freedom of choice has always been
    • moral valuation of human conduct and character remains untouched by this
    • human freedom which everybody claims to possess and which consists in nothing
    • maintains that the human will depends on two main
    • human will is not free, inasmuch as its direction is always determined by that
    • of action of human beings. Modern natural science loves such analogies. When
    • human behavior, they believe they have touched upon the most important
    • Here again, human actions in which man is conscious of the reasons why he
    • actions, not indeed of the donkey, but of human beings, in which between us
    • become clear about the role that thinking plays in human action. As
    • And this is why thinking gives to human action its characteristic stamp.
    • deliberations of our reason. Far be it from me to consider human in the
    • question of the nature of human action presupposes that of the origin of
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter II: The Fundamental Urge For Knowledge
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    • deepest foundation of human nature. Man is not a uniformly organized being.
    • of existence are both present in the human being, for they are never found
    • world to the solution of the riddle of his own human nature, he finds
    • at his own human nature, to acknowledge nothing of spirit except his own world
    • Goethe knew the other side too: “All human beings are in her and she is
    • in all human beings.”
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter III: Thinking in the Service of Understanding the World
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    • is accomplished by ordinary human reason as well as by the most complicated
    • activities of the human soul. Unlike thinking, they belong in the same
    • to base the whole of human knowledge on the principle,
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter IV: The World as Perception
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    • the fact that the growing human being slowly and gradually forms concepts
    • through the thinker that thinking is combined with observation. Human
    • characterized human consciousness. It is the mediator between thinking and
    • observation. Insofar as the human being observes an object, it appears to
    • conscious of himself, or is self-conscious. Human consciousness of
    • We must imagine a being with fully developed human intelligence suddenly
    • human beings happen to consider them from the earth; but the
    • perception-picture of the heavens which human beings have is determined by
    • are no real beings other than God and human spirits. What we call “world” is
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter V: The Act of Knowing the World
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    • for human beings, that it is as good as non-existent since we can know
    • subject; the concept, however, does not appear till a human being confronts
    • in each separate human being only because it becomes related to his individual
    • whether the human bearer of consciousness who grasps it is A or B. But it
    • gain by thinking consideration of our perceptions. Neither a humanly
    • limited sphere of our observation. Humanly limited personality we perceive
    • By these arguments Schopenhauer believes himself entitled to see in the human
    • also lead us over the border-line, where the relationship between the human
    • ourselves to it. We can only be active with our full human forces when we
    • representation inserts itself between event and contemplating human being.
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter VI: The Human Individuality
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    • THE HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter VII: Are There Limits to Knowledge?
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    • organization. And, indeed, not of the human organization in general, but
    • monist would reply: If there are intelligences other than human, if their
    • of this specifically human manner of perceiving, as subject I am placed over
    • quite specific way that is characteristic of the human subject. As soon as
    • explain the similarity of the world picture, of different human individuals.
    • anything about that of another human being? The metaphysical realist
    • that the “individual spirits” behind the single perceiving human subjects,
    • human senses cannot act as an incentive to man to seek for knowledge
    • transformation of the human senses would give a different perceptual picture;
    • it would be an enrichment or a transformation of human experience. But a real
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter VIII: The Factors of Life
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    • There is yet another expression of the human personality. The I, through its
    • other human soul-activity is so easily underestimated as thinking. Will and
    • feeling warm the human soul even when experienced only in recollection.
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter IX: The Idea of Freedom
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    • at first. For ordinary experience, human thinking only takes place connected
    • impossible not to notice how extraordinary is the relation of the human
    • twofold task: first it presses back the human organization in its activity,
    • Now a significant question arises. If the human organism does not partake in
    • The human organism is the foundation of the “I-consciousness.” It is also
    • from the human organism.
    • driving force is the will element and is directly conditioned by the human
    • motives of will by influencing the human individual and determine him to act
    • individual disposition of human beings. This individual disposition we will
    • The second level of human life is feeling. Definite feelings link
    • needs are: 1) the greatest possible welfare of humanity, purely for its own
    • The greatest possible welfare of humanity will naturally be understood
    • furthers the welfare of humanity.
    • universality of the idea-world, is individually constituted in each human
    • be derived. But facts must first be produced by human deeds.
    • obtained in this way are related to human conduct, as the laws of nature are
    • deed which is Christian, or humane, or is deemed unselfish, or to further
    • general habit, some general human code or moral standard, but solely by my
    • human being, but only the test as to whether it is a good or evil deed.
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  • Title: PoSA: Chapter X: Philosophy of Freedom and Monism
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    • upon him that fundamentally all these are weak human beings just like
    • bush, or moves among men in bodily human form and in a manner perceptible to
    • human soul's participation in this reality through thinking, but who
    • Extra-human moral rules, therefore, always accompany metaphysical realism.
    • too in a sphere beyond human reach. And here there are several
    • necessity, the human individual and all that belongs to him. The
    • Another possibility is that the extra-human absolute is seen as a spiritual
    • extra-human world order. It is not man that matters in this moral order, but
    • the Being-in-itself, the extra-human Being. Man ought to do what this
    • extra-human as the true reality.
    • who merely infers something extra-human, cannot acknowledge freedom because he
    • manifestation in the human individual. Insofar as man follows the impulses
    • mechanical natural order, nor of an extra-human world order, but entirely a
    • as they bring intuitive ideas to realization, human beings pursue solely
    • their own human purposes. And indeed, each individual pursues his own
    • morality other than those inherent in man. Human morality, like human
    • knowledge, is determined through human nature. And just as knowledge would
    • specifically human quality, and freedom is the form in which human
    • every human consciousness; on the other hand, it is shown that though the
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  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XI: World Purpose and Life Purpose
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    • event influences the earlier. This applies only to human action. Man carries
    • observed only in human actions. This is therefore the only sphere in which
    • exception of human action. It looks for laws of nature, but not for purposes
    • realistic sense in man alone. Therefore human life has only the purpose and
    • the destination that the human being gives it. To the question: What is
    • Only by human beings are ideas realized according to purpose. It is
    • “Just as the structure of a limb of the human body is not determined and
    • in nature must not be confused with the purposes in subjective human action.
    • create the possibility of presenting, first, everything except human
    • action — and then human action too — as being only a
    • world also, insofar as it lies outside human action, is because in that world
    • something higher is revealed than purpose realized in human life. And
    • when the purpose of mankind's destination. thought of on the pattern of human
    • individual human beings set themselves purposes, and the result of these
    • its parts, the single human purposes.
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XII: Moral Imagination
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    • within human experience it becomes an individual's own. For monism, moral
    • human ancestors. How men are constituted must be determined by observation
    • characteristic of the perfect form of human conduct. This freedom must be
    • attributed to the human will, insofar as this will brings purely ideal
    • In this interpretation of the human will
    • it is observation in the sense that the human will is observed within
    • essence. If such an intuition is present in human consciousness, then it
    • activity of the human organism is lamed, pressed back, and in its place is
    • in human nature. Man is free to the degree that he is able to realize in his
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XIII: The Value of Life
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    • direction human conduct should take in order to contribute its share to the
    • Human beings are parts of the world. In them God suffers. He has created
    • can be achieved only through the ceaseless, devoted labor of human beings.
    • fundamentally inherent in human nature. Only through insight into the
    • higher tasks of humanity.
    • If in accordance with their natural disposition human beings strove after
    • extra human purposes. Every one of us has to perform his own definite task in
    • would be mistaken, because it would make the human will dependent on a
    • consequence for the human will. The cases in which we really make the value
    • realize that by its very nature the human will is not influenced by this
    • knowledge. Human striving directs itself to the measure of possible
    • satisfaction is the very foundation of human activity. The work of each
    • then the answer is: It is inherent in human nature to do just this, and it is
    • inside out by philosophy, he does not need to discard his human nature before
    • as justified; it lies in human nature to pursue it so long as the displeasure
    • Anyone who wants to exterminate the pleasure in the fulfillment of human
    • but what he wills to do when he unfolds the fullness of his true human
    • Only someone who considers the individual human ego incapable of giving a
    • but in the full development of human nature. One considering moral
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  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XIV: Individuality and Species
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    • human beings comprising it have characteristic features which are
    • of the human race, when rightly experienced by the individual do not
    • It is impossible to understand a human being completely if one's judgment is
    • conditions, in which the status of one-half of humanity is below the dignity
    • One judging human beings according to their generic qualities stops short
    • general human qualities to decide what concrete aims an individual will set
    • short at those qualities which are typical. In this sense every single human
    • ours when a human individuality shares with us his way of looking at the
    • spirit within a human community. No man is all species, none is all
    • individuality. But every human being gradually frees a greater or lesser
    • the commands of human authorities ruling him.
    • by human communities. One could also say: The moral life of mankind is the
    • sum-total of the products of the moral imagination of free human
  • Title: PoSA: The Consequences of Monism
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    • from human experience
    • also is sought within the world to be observed, that is, in human nature
    • time, just what the human need for knowledge demands, and by means of which
    • what the urge for knowledge demands. The single human individual actually is
    • appearance resulting from perceiving has always been the goal of human
    • connections ascertained by human thinking had only a subjective
    • world is the same for every human individual (cp. 33 p. ff.). According to
    • monistic principles, the reason one human individual regards another as akin
    • this particular human being; as soon as he looks toward the idea-world that
    • life in reality itself. The ideal content of another human being is also my
    • pervading all humanity. A life within reality filled with the content of
    • abstract conclusions is nothing but a human being transplanted into the
    • Beyond; Schopenhauer's will is the power of human will made absolute.
    • In truth, the human spirit never goes beyond the reality in which we live,
    • hypothetical metaphysics. All ideas of this kind which humanity has
    • thought, they must originate from human intuition. Man does not make the
    • world, but human intuitions that are within the world. For monism
    • to be found in the reality of human deeds. To do this it was necessary to
    • separate from the total sphere of human deeds those actions that can be
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  • Title: PoSA: First Appendix
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    • of the philosophers, rather than in the natural sequence of human thinking
    • that confronts every human being who is striving for clarity about man's
    • human consciousness. In this case critical insight is lacking. It is not
    • “thing-in-itself” could ever reach human consciousness. And if one is
    • cannot have direct experience of them in any way. Beyond human consciousness
    • objects of consciousness to appear in human consciousness. All we can do is to
  • Title: PoSA: Second Appendix
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    • Our age is one in which truth th must be sought in the depths of human
    • question. Today even the still immature human being, the child, should not
    • philosophers have truly been artists in concepts. For them, human ideas
    • How philosophy as an art is related to human freedom (spiritual
    • not strive to elevate the value of existence of the human personality.
    • order to make use of it for his human aims, which go beyond the aims of mere
  • Title: PoSA: Editorial and Reference Notes
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  • Title: PoSA: Back Cover
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    • understanding of the human being and his place in the universe.
  • Title: PoSA: Inside Dust Jacket
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