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  • Title: PoSA: Contents
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    • World Purpose and Life Purpose (The Destination of Man)
    • Moral Imagination (Darwinism and Morality)
  • Title: PoSA: Foreword
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    • The introduction by Hugo S. Bergman, internationally known as an author and
    • Steiner lecture at the fourth International Philosophical Congress at
  • Title: PoSA: Introduction - Rudolf Steiner as a Philosopher
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    • Kürschner's Nationalliteratur. Four years later he was invited
    • perceived, cannot solve any riddles; there, dreams and hallucinations are
    • to gain knowledge. The objects themselves require no explanation. We
    • of his moral imagination, which enables him to obtain his motives from
    • The moral imagination must, out of necessity, be individual. This is the
    • imagination” — as, for instance, Gandhi's “non-violence,” or Albert
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter II: The Fundamental Urge For Knowledge
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    • seek what we call explanation of the facts.
    • can never arrive at a satisfactory explanation of the world. For
    • every attempt at an explanation must of necessity begin with man's forming
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter III: Thinking in the Service of Understanding the World
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    • ideas, of all illusions and hallucinations are given us through
    • attained from which, with well-founded hope, one can seek for the explanation
    • could also be a dream, a hallucination, and so forth. In short, I am unable
    • consciousness. To them I must reply: If I want to have an explanation of
    • know whether it is possible to reach any explanation of things by means of
    • for an explanation of the world by means of concepts, one cannot start from
    • exists through itself, just as when in an illumination made by a rapid
    • movement. This objection, too, rests on an inaccurate examination of the
    • the case of an illumination with a rapid succession of electric sparks. Indeed
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter IV: The World as Perception
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    • explanation of the phenomena. This explanation, please notice, amounts to
    • A closer examination gives a very different result from what is described
    • determination — depends on the organization of my eye.
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter V: The Act of Knowing the World
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    • The above explanations give proof that it is meaningless to seek for any
    • perceptions of temperature, and of touch. This combination I call an object
    • explanation of the relationship between representation and object. This will
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter VI: The Human Individuality
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    • the explanation as to why our representations can represent reality to us. The
    • determination comes about through the place we occupy in the world and from
    • Distinct from this determination is another, which depends on our particular
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter VII: Are There Limits to Knowledge?
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    • as perceptions, in this elimination we are simply following a law of our
    • to the conclusion: We can never find a satisfactory explanation of how
    • “in-itself” of things can reach no explanation of the world, already follows
    • needs for the explanation of any given phenomenon in the world must lie
    • within this world itself. What hinders him from reaching the explanation can
    • explanation. They exist and act on one another according to laws which
    • determination, caused through the subject itself.
    • senses. Those who are inclined to flights of imagination, for which the
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter IX: The Idea of Freedom
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    • considered, as it arises within knowledge. In the preceding explanation the
    • the source of will-activity. It follows from the preceding explanation that
    • determination in the individual. A motive of will may be a pure concept or a
    • on my inner determination and my place in life. The
    • This kind of determination of the will, which is characteristic only of
    • do not freely follow their inclinations and preferences. — I certainly
    • law ... before which all inclinations become silent, even if in secret
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter X: Philosophy of Freedom and Monism
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    • ...” “Existence in its reality is the incarnation of the Godhead
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XI: World Purpose and Life Purpose
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    • and man's destination (therefore also his purpose) outside man, and so on.
    • the destination that the human being gives it. To the question: What is
    • when the purpose of mankind's destination. thought of on the pattern of human
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XII: Moral Imagination
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    • Chapter XII: Moral Imagination
    • corresponding earthly punishment, the pangs of conscience, eternal damnation,
    • By means of imagination representations are produced by man out of his world
    • ideas, in order to bring them to fruition, is moral imagination. Moral
    • imagination is the source from which the free spirit acts. Hence, only
    • people with moral imagination are also morally productive in the real sense
    • In order to produce a representation, man's moral imagination must set to
    • as well as moral imagination, but also the ability to transform the sphere of
    • imagination to decide future deeds, not yet in existence, it very well may be
    • possible that persons without moral imagination receive moral representations
    • may also occur that persons with moral imagination are without the technical
    • Moral imagination and the faculty of moral ideation can become objects of
    • through his moral imagination? For something that is to reveal itself as
    • The appearance of completely new moral ideas through moral imagination is,
    • be free means to be able to determine for oneself by moral imagination the
    • in accordance with its strength and determination.”
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XIII: The Value of Life
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    • concerning its purpose or destination (cp. pp. 40 ff.). In this connection
    • recognition. The elimination of all such “illusory” feelings from life's
    • “aristocratic intellect,” we shall begin our examination with a “purely
    • extermination of all striving after pleasure in order that bloodless abstract
    • Moral ideals spring from the moral imagination of man. Their attainment depends
    • for moral ideals when his moral imagination is active enough to impart to him
    • Ethics based on pessimism arises from a disregard for moral imagination.
    • for pleasure. A man without imagination creates no moral ideas. They must be
    • nature. Moral action does not consist in extermination of one-sided self-will,
    • misunderstood. Immature persons without moral imagination like to look upon
    • in the place of inclination, determines man's value by the ratio between
  • Title: PoSA: Chapter XIV: Individuality and Species
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    • member within a natural totality (race, tribe, nation, family, male or
    • inclinations, whereas woman's tends to be determined exclusively by the fact
    • race, tribe, nation and sex are subjects of special sciences. Only men who
    • sum-total of the products of the moral imagination of free human
  • Title: PoSA: The Consequences of Monism
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    • here called monism, this unitary explanation of the world, derives
    • accessible to self-knowledge, more particularly in moral imagination. Monism
    • combination of two abstractions drawn from experience. Exactly the same is
    • within the world, not outside it. The objects of imagination, too, are
    • individual purposes; he pursues his own, given him by his moral imagination.
    • has provided, then he must seek these causes in his own moral imagination,
    • imagination of others. This means: either he must give up being active
    • altogether, or must act according to determinations he gives himself out of
  • Title: PoSA: First Appendix
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    • other's consciousness; the other reason is that the alternation between
  • Title: PoSA: Second Appendix
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    • Oriental sages make their disciples live a life of resignation and

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