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The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity

The Basic Features of a Modern World View
Results of Soul Observation Arrived at by the Scientific Method

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The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity

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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

GA 4

This volume is a translation of Die Philosophie der Freiheit. The German volume is number four in the Collected Edition of Rudolf Steiner's works. It was translated by William Lindeman.

The cover Graphic Form is by Rudolf Steiner (originally as a study for the book Truth and Science). Layout and lettering by Peter Stebbing.

It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Copyright © 1986
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 Cover Sheet  
Author's Preface to the Revised Edition, 1918  

Science of Spiritual Activity (Freiheit)

Chapter I: Conscious Human Action  
Chapter II: The Fundamental Desire for Knowledge  
Chapter III: Thinking in the Service of Apprehending the World  
Chapter IV: The World as Perception  
Chapter V: The Activity of Knowing the World  
Chapter VI: The Human Individuality  
Chapter VII: Are There Limits to Knowing?  

The Reality of Spiritual Activity (Freiheit)

Chapter VIII: The Factors of Life  
Chapter IX: The Idea of Spiritual Activity  
Chapter X: Philosophy of Spiritual Activity and Monism  
Chapter XI: World Purpose and Life Purpose  
Chapter XII: Moral Imagination  
Chapter XIII: The Value of Life  
Chapter XIV: Individuality and Genus  

Final Questions

Chapter XV: The Consequences of Monism  

First Appendix  
Second Appendix  
Translator's Appendix  

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