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The Philosophy of Freedom: The Basis for a Modern World Conception
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Rudolf Steiner highly recommends this book:
Asked which of his books he would most want to see rescued if catastrophe should come upon the world, Rudolf Steiner replied without hesitation: "The Philosophy of Freedom."
In the first decade of the 20th century, August Ewerbeck got word that there were intimate circles in which Rudolf Steiner gave special esoteric training to those admitted to them. So he asked his teacher, whether he too might be allowed to attend, and received the astonishing reply: "You don't need to! You have understood my Philosophy of Freedom!"
In a conversation with Rudolf Steiner in 1922 Walter Johannes Stein asked,
"What will remain of your work in thousands of years?
Rudolf Steiner replied: "Nothing but the Philosophy of Freedom," and then he added: "But everything is contained in it. If someone realizes the act of freedom described there, he finds the whole content of Anthroposophy".
Interesting to me as well that a young fascist with the first name Adolph accused Steiner of treason. In all systems of dialectic materialism the poets, the intellectuals and those who believe in spirit must be destroyed because they hold the truth that a mechanistic worldview is a falsification of reality. If I see my neighbor as machine no telling what evil I may do to him. It is not personal because these are not human beings. Steiner's work and later the work of Einstein, Plack, Bohm and others destroy this fallacy.
Scharmer's work builds on all these and helps lead us out of the devastating view of the world that sees all of our current social systems on the brink of collapse. Steiner dismantles the worldview they are built upon. Scharmer takes his work and gives us a very personal, relational, spiritual approach allowing us a life giving sustainable model.
The book is not an easy read as it is a translation from the German and much time is given at first to help us with the translation. However, I believe it is very much worth the effort.
It is one of the great tragedies of the 20th century that the anthroposophical society does not lay more emphasis on this work.
If you consider yourself an anthropop - GET IT AND READ IT.
Michael Wilson is far better than Lipson translation (is more faithful to the original german)
I found that if I went slow enough I was able to see that involving the thinking process itself as part of nature (as Steiner discribes it); and that Kant's conclusions about the world's unknowability were wrong. Steiner believed that the thinking process has an important role to play in evolution and that it images are not arrived at unconsciously. He claims the whole process from image-thought-concept is conscious, knowable, and unique. When he wrote this book, the thinking process was mostly ignored as part of what shapes reality. The book is not easy to understand, in part, because Steiner is arguing with the current state of philosophy in his own day. wish he had just presented his own thinking.
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Another brilliant Rudolf Steiner book... I wish I could buy everything he ever wrote...Published 3 months ago by Jolene P Duff
I am grateful for the republication of this first English translation of The Philosophy of Freedom. Read morePublished 3 months ago
The Philosophy of Freedom is great book for those who search for a truer reality. In essence it explains what it is to be truly free pertaining to your intuitional thoughts.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
That Rudolf Steiner's authorized English translation, by the Hoernle's, of the original version of his monumental book, The Philosophy of Freedom is now readily available as an... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bruce Marshall
If someone has read anything by Joseph Rael and want to understand some of what he's saying you should start here. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jes
Do not miss this book. There is much to say about it, but I won't spoil it with my commentaries. Just read it, you won't regret it.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer