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The Philosophy Of Freedom The Philosophy Of Spiritual Activity

Author : Rudolf Steiner
ISBN : 1855840820
Genre : Philosophy
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This special reprint, featuring the acclaimed translation by Michael Wilson, is being made available again in response to public demand. Are we free, whether we know if or not? Or is our sense of freedom merely an illusion? Rudolf Steiner tackles this age-old problem in a new way. He shows that by taking account of our own activity of thinking, we can know the reasons for our actions. And if these reasons are taken from our world of ideals, then our actions are free, because we alone determine them. But this freedom cannot be settled for us by philosophical argument. It is not simply granted to us. If we want to become free, we have to strive through our own inner activity to overcome our unconscious urges and habits of thought. In order to do this we must reach a point of view that recognizes no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. then we an achieve the highest level of evolution.
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The Philosophy Of Freedom

Author : Rudolf Steiner
ISBN : 9781855842687
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Are we free, whether we know it or not? Or is our sense of freedom merely an illusion? Rudolf Steiner tackles this age-old problem in a new way. He shows that by taking account of our own activity of thinking, we can know the reasons for our actions. And if these reasons are taken from our world of ideals, then our actions are free, because we alone determine them. But this freedom cannot be settled for us by philosophical argument. It is not simply granted to us. If we want to become free, we have to strive through our own inner activity to overcome our unconscious urges and habits of thought. In order to do this we must reach a point of view that recognises no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. Then we can achieve the highest level of evolution. We can recognise ourselves as free spirits. This special reprint, featuring the acclaimed translation by Michael Wilson, is being made available in response to public demand.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path

Author : Rudolf Steiner
ISBN : 088010385X
Genre : Religion
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Of all of his works, "Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path" is the one that Steiner himself believed would have the longest life and the greatest spiritual and cultural consequences. It was written as a phenomenological account of the results of observing the human soul according to the methods of natural science. This seminal work asserts that free spiritual activity--understood as the human ability to think and act independently of physical nature--is the suitable path for human beings today to gain true knowledge of themselves and of the universe. This is not merely a philosophical volume, but rather a warm, heart-oriented guide to the practice and experience of living thinking. Readers will not find abstract philosophy here, but a step-by-step account of how a person may come to experience living, intuitive thinking-- the conscious experience of a purely spiritual content. During the past hundred years since it was written, many have tried to discover this new thinking that could help us understand the various spiritual, ecological, social, political, and philosophical issues facing us. But only Rudolf Steiner laid out a path that leads from ordinary thinking to the level of pure spiritual activity--intuitive thinking--in which we become co-creators and co-redeemers of the world. When, with the help of Steiner s book, we recognize that thinking is an essentially spiritual activity, we discover that it can school us. In that sense--Steiner s sense--thinking is a spiritual path (Gertrude Reif Hughes). Contents: Translator s Introduction Introduction by Gertrude Reif Hughes Preface to the Revised Edition, 1918 Part 1: Theory: The Knowledge of Freedom Conscious Human Action The Fundamental Urge for Knowledge Thinking in the Service of Understanding the World The World as Percept Knowing the World Human Individuality Are There Limits to Cognition? Part 2: Practice: The Reality of Freedom The Factors of Life The Idea of Freedom Freedom Philosophy and Monism World Purpose and Life Purpose (Human Destiny) Moral Imagination (Darwinism and Ethics) The Value of Life (Pessimism and Optimism) Individuality and Genus Final Questions: The Consequences of Monism Appendixes Bibliography Index This volume is arguably the most essential of Steiner s works. The thoughts in this book establish the foundation for all of Anthroposophy. Other translations: "The Philosophy of Freedom" and "The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity." German edition: "Die Philosophie der Freiheit""
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Anthroposophy And The Philosophy Of Freedom

Author : Sergei O. Prokofieff
ISBN : 9781906999025
Genre : Philosophy
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Some people's path to anthroposophy leads them directly to Rudolf Steiner's early work and The Philosophy of Freedom, and this becomes the philosophical basis for their future exploration. Rudolf Steiner referred to this as a 'safe' approach. But many people's destiny leads them directly to anth.roposophy itself, or via one of its practical initiatives, making it difficult sometimes for them to relate to the cognitive basis of anthroposophy. In this unique study Sergei O. Prokofieff offers fresh means of access to Rudolf Steiner's crucially important book, The Philosophy of Freedom. Prokofieff indicates why The Philosophy of Freedom is so important to anthroposophy. It is here that Rudolf Steiner lays the foundations for his method of research. In Steiner's own words: 'One who is willing can indeed find the basic principles of anthroposophy in my Philosophy of Freedom'. Prokofieff discusses the Christian nature of the anthroposophical method of cognition, and how it is integrally related to freedom and love. This in turn reveals the deeply Christian roots of The Philosophy of Freedom and its importance for modern ChriMian esotericism. In fact, says Prokofieff, the book holds a 'central position ... in the spiritual history of the Occident'. In considering its multifaceted 'cosmic-human dimension', the author discusses The Philosophy of Freedom in relation to the Mystery of the Resurrection, the Working of the Hierarchies, the Being Anthroposophia, the Fifth Gospel, Rudolf Steiner's Path of Initiation, the Rosicrucian and Michaelic Impulses, the Life Between Death and Rebirth, the Foundation Stone, the Christian Mysteries of Karma and the Science of the Grail.
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Hegel S Philosophy Of Freedom

Author : Paul Franco
ISBN : 0300093225
Genre : Philosophy
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Human freedom is the central theme of modern political philosophy, and G. W. F. Hegel offers perhaps the most profound and systematic modern attempt to understand the state as the realization of human freedom. In this comprehensive examination of Hegel's philosophy of freedom, Paul Franco traces the development of Hegel's ideas of freedom, situates them within his general philosophical system, and relates them to the larger tradition of modern political philosophy. Franco then applies Hegel's understanding of liberty to certain problems in contemporary political theory. He argues that Hegel offers a powerful reformulation of liberalism that escapes many of the problematic assumptions of traditional liberal doctrine and yet avoids falling into the romantic and relativistic excesses of a substantial communitarianism. Devoting the major portion of his attention to Hegel's masterpiece the Philosophy of Right, published in 1821, Franco provides a clear and nontechnical guide to the challenging arguments Hegel presents. Franco establishes the necessary context within which to understand the work and draws on Hegel's other writings, including the unpublished lecture notes, to illuminate it. For the Hegel specialist as well as the reader with a more general interest in political philosophy and modern intellectual history, this book offers significant insights into Hegel's ideas on the theme of human liberty.
Category: Philosophy

The Guardian Of The Threshold And The Philosophy Of Freedom

Author : Sergei O. Prokofieff
ISBN : 9781906999247
Genre : Religion
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Prokofieff's thoughtful commentary sheds new light on the connection between Rudolf Steiner's early work and what he developed later in life. Study of the relevant texts reveals that the roots of Steiner's early work lie in the same spiritual reality--the Christ impulse--as that of the later Anthroposophy he would develop.
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Canadian Idealism And The Philosophy Of Freedom

Author : Robert Meynell
ISBN : 9780773586635
Genre : Philosophy
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Twentieth-century Canada fostered a range of great minds, but the country’s diversity and wide range of academic fields have led to their ideas being portrayed as the work of isolated thinkers. Canadian Idealism and the Philosophy of Freedom contests this assumption by linking the works of C.B. Macpherson, George Grant, and Charles Taylor to demonstrate the presence of a Canadian intellectual tradition.
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Bakunin

Author : Brian Morris
ISBN : UOM:39015009120091
Genre : Philosophy
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A Philosophy Of Freedom

Author : Lars Svendsen
ISBN : 9781780234106
Genre : Philosophy
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Freedom of speech, religion, choice, will—humans have fought, and continue to fight, for all of these. But what is human freedom really? Taking a broad approach across metaphysics, politics, and ethics, Lars Svendsen explores this question in his engaging book, while also looking at the threats freedom faces today. Though our behaviors, thoughts, and actions are restricted by social and legal rules, deadlines, and burdens, Svendsen argues that the fundamental requirement for living a human life is the ability to be free. A Philosophy of Freedom questions how we can successfully create meaningful lives when we are estranged from the very concept of freedom. Svendsen tackles such issues as the nature of free agency and the possibility of freedom in a universe governed by natural laws. He concludes that the true definition of personal freedom is first and foremost the liberty to devote yourself to what really matters to you—to realize the true value of the life you are living. Drawing on the fascinating debates around the possibility of freedom and its limits within society, this comprehensive investigation provides an accessible and insightful overview that will appeal to academics and general readers alike.
Category: Philosophy