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The Philosophy of Freedom

The Philosophy of Freedom

The Basis for a Modern World Conception

By Rudolf Steiner

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On-line since: 22nd November,1996

Some results of introspective observation following the methods of Natural Science.

English translations of this book from 1922 to 1963 were published with the title The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity. This is a revised translation of Steiner’s groundbreaking philosophical work on the nature of freedom and thinking. The Philosophy of Freedom 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. This offering is a translation This is the seventh English edition, translated from the German, and with an Introduction by Michael Wilson.

This translation, based on the 12th German edition of 1962, is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassvierwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Copyright © 1964

This e.Text edition is provided with the cooperation of:

The Rudolf Steiner Press


Cover Sheet  
Introduction by Michael Wilson  
Author’s Prefaces: Preface to the revised edition of 1918  
Author’s Prefaces: Preface to the first edition, 1894; revised, 1918  
Chapter One Conscious Human Action  
Chapter Two The Fundamental Desire for Knowledge  
Chapter Three Thinking in the Service of Knowledge  
Chapter Four The World as Percept  
Chapter Five The Act of Knowing the World  
Chapter Six Human Individuality  
Chapter Seven Are There Limits to Knowledge?  
Chapter Eight The Factors of Life  
Chapter Nine The Idea of Freedom  
Chapter Ten Freedom — Philosophy and Monism  
Chapter Eleven World Purpose and Life Purpose  
Chapter Twelve Moral Imagination  
Chapter Thirteen The Value of Life  
Chapter Fourteen Individuality and Genus  
The Consequences of Monism  
Appendix Added to the new edition, 1918  
Translator’s Note


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