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The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
Rudolf Steiner Archive Document
The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity 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.
By Rudolf Steiner
Copyright © 1963
This book, written in 1894, is a fundamental treatment of
Steiner's philosophical outlook. Together with
Truth and Science
The Riddles of Philosophy
it might be considered as one third of a philosophical trilogy.
The emphasis of the book is not on “freedom” as
ordinarily understood, but is on “freiheit” or what
might be termed freeness. This freeness is a self-starting,
self-directing activity of a spiritual sort. Here, the term
“spiritual” is used in a sense not incompatible with
the use of the word in the tradition of the German idealistic
school of philosophy.
The main divisions of the book are: Knowledge of Freedom,
The Reality of Freedom, and Ultimate Questions.
This edition is translated from the 2nd German edition of 1918
by Rita Stebbing, and is bound together with
Truth and Knowledge.
It is presented here with the kind permission of the
Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
This e.Text edition is provided through the wonderful work of:
The Rudolf Steiner Publications, Inc.
Blauvelt, New York