following pages are a translation of Dr. Steiner's
Philosophie der Freiheit
which was published in Germany some twenty years ago. The edition was
soon exhausted, and has never been reprinted; copies are much sought
after but very difficult to obtain.
The popularity of Dr.
Steiner's later works upon ethics, mysticism and kindred subjects has
caused people to forget his earlier work upon philosophy in spite of
the fact that he makes frequent references to this book, and it
contains the germs of which many of his present views are the logical
outcome. For the above reasons, and with the author's sanction, I
have decided to publish a translation.
I have had the good fortune
to have been able to secure as joint translators Mrs. Hoernlé,
who, after graduating in the University of the Cape of Good Hope,
continued her studies in the Universities of Cambridge, Leipzig,
Paris, and Bonn, and her husband, Mr. R. F. Alfred Hoernlé,
M.A., B.Sc. (Oxon), Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Harvard
University, U.S.A., formerly Jenkyns Exhibitioner, Balliol College,
Oxford, their thorough knowledge of philosophy and their complete
command of the German and English languages enabling them to overcome
the difficulty of finding adequate English equivalents for the terms
of German Philosophy.
I am glad to seize this
opportunity of acknowledging my indebtedness to these two, without
whom this publication could not have been undertaken.