What is needed is an easier to read Philosophy Of Freedom. I like all 9 English translations of The Philosophy Of Freedom that range from more literal (hard to read) to more liberal (less accurate). Whats needed is to publish one that is in between, just right, that maintains the quality standard of the others but is much easier to read. The addition of topic headings that relate to the chapter title will also help.
New Translation Project: Revise the 1916 Hoernle English translation of The Philosophy Of Freedom to make it easier to read. The 9 previous translations will be posted here. Progress toward a new translation is here. The finished book will be available free online and sold at cost in print. Regular contributors will likely get a mention in the book. Post suggestions in the comment box.
COMPARE THIS WITH YOUR FAVORITE TRANSLATION AND SEE IF IT IS CLEARER ENGLISH. (this original preface is located at the end of all translations as an appendix except for the Hoernle.)
The Goal Of Knowledge. First draft of Preface:
0. PREFACE The Goal Of Knowledge
0.0 Culture Of Individuality
 I BELIEVE I am indicating correctly one of the fundamental characteristics of our age when I say that, at the present day, all human interests tend to center in the culture of human individuality. An energetic effort is being made to shake off every kind of authority. Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality. Everything which hinders the individual in the full development of his powers is thrust aside. The saying “Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Olympus” no longer holds for us. We allow no ideals to be forced upon us. We are convinced that in each of us, if only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development. We no longer believe that there is a norm of human life to which we must all strive to conform. We regard the perfection of the whole as depending on the unique perfection of each single individual. We do not want to do what anyone else can do equally well. No, our contribution to the development of the world, however trifling, must be something that, by reason of the uniqueness of our nature, we alone can offer. Never have artists been less concerned about rules and norms in art than today. Each of them asserts their right to express, in the creations of their art, what is unique in them. There are dramatists who write in dialect rather than conform to the standard diction which grammar demands.
 No better expression for these phenomena can be found than this, that they result from the individual’s striving towards freedom, developed to its highest pitch. We do not want to be dependent in any respect, and where dependence must be, we tolerate it only on condition that it coincides with a vital interest of our individuality.
0.1 Path Of Inner Truth
 Truth, too, will be sought in our age only in the depths of human nature. Of Schiller’s two well known paths, the second will be preferred today:
We both seek truth; you in outer life,
I in the heart within. Each of us are sure to find it.
The healthy eye can track the creator through the world;
The healthy heart mirrors the world within.
0.2 Inner Truth Empowers
 Truth that comes to us from outside always bears the stamp of uncertainty. Only truth that appears
within ourselves will convince us.
Only truth can give us confidence in developing our individual powers. These powers are weakened in anyone tormented by doubts. If we are baffled by a world full of riddles, we cannot find a goal for our creative activity.
0.3 Understood Truth
 We no longer want to believe; we want to know. Belief demands the acceptance of truths without having the insight to fully understand. But what is not clearly understood goes against what is individual in us, that wants to experience everything in its deepest inner core. The only knowing that satisfies us is the kind that submits to no outer norm, but springs from a person's own inner life.
0.4 Advancement Of Knowledge
 Nor do we want the kind of knowledge that has become frozen once and for all in rigid academic rules, and stored away in Encyclopedias as valid for all time. Each of us claims the right to start from the facts we know, from our personal experience, and from there advance to knowledge of the whole universe. We strive for certainty in knowledge, but each in his or her own way.
0.5 Cultivate Desire To Know
 Nor should the teachings of science be presented in a form that implies its acceptance is compulsory. None of us would give a scientific work a title like Fichte once did: “A Crystal Clear Report for the General Public on the True Nature of the Latest Philosophy. An Attempt to Compel the Reader to Understand.” Today, no one should be compelled to understand. We demand neither acceptance nor agreement from those who are not moved to a certain view by their own particular, individual needs. We do not want to cram facts of knowledge into even an immature human being, a child. We try rather to develop the child’s capacities in such a way that the child no longer needs to be compelled to understand, but wants to understand.
0.6 Application Of The Principles Of Individuality
 I am under no illusion concerning the characteristics of the present time. I know how much a stereotypical attitude, lacking all individuality, is prevalent everywhere. But I know just as well that many of my contemporaries strive to orient their lives in the direction of the principles I have indicated. To them I would dedicate this book. It is not meant to be the "only possible" way to Truth, but is meant to describe the path taken by one for whom truth is central.
0.7 Practice Of Pure Thinking
 This book at first leads the reader into more abstract regions, where thought must draw sharp outlines if it is to reach clearly defined positions. But the reader is also led from the realm of these arid concepts into concrete life. I am fully convinced that if existence is to be experienced in all its aspects, one must raise oneself up into the ethereal realm of concepts. Whoever appreciates only the pleasures of the senses misses the sweetest enjoyments of life. Oriental sages make their disciples live a life of resignation and asceticism for years before imparting their wisdom to them. The Western world no longer demands pious exercises and ascetic practices as a preparation to attain scientific knowledge, but it does require a sincere willingness to withdraw oneself awhile from the immediate impressions of life and enter the realm of pure thought.
0.8 Wholistic Science, Art And Philosophy
 There are many realms of life and for each there develop specific sciences. But life itself is one, and the more deeply the sciences are immersed in their separate fields, the more they distance themselves from viewing the world as a living whole. There must be a kind of knowing that seeks in the separate sciences the elements that lead back once more to the fullness of life. The aim of the scientific specialist is to become aware of the world and gain insight into how it works. The aim of this book is philosophical: science itself is to be instilled with the life of an organic whole. The various branches of science are preparatory stages on the way to this wholistic science. A similar relationship governs the arts. The composer's work is based on the theory of composition. This theory is an accumulation of principles that one has to know in order to compose. In composing, the rules of theory serve life itself, serve reality. In exactly the same way philosophy is an art. All real philosophers have been artists in the conceptual realm. Human ideas become their artistic materials and scientific method their artistic technique. Abstract thinking takes on concrete individual life. Ideas turn into life-forces. Then we do not merely have knowledge about things, but have made knowledge into an actual self-governing organism. Our consciousness, alive and active, has lifted itself above a mere passive reception of truths.
0.9 The Question Of Freedom
 The main theme of my book concerns these questions: How philosophy, as an art, is related to freedom; what freedom is; and whether we do, or can, participate in it. All other scientific discussions are included only because they throw light on this question. In my view, the question of freedom is the most immediate concern of the human being. These pages offer a "Philosophy of Freedom".
0.10 Science For Humanity
 All science would be nothing but the satisfaction of idle curiosity, if it did not strive toward raising the value of existence for the human personality. The true value of the sciences is seen only when we have shown the importance of their results for humanity. The ultimate goal of the individuality cannot be the cultivation of any single faculty, but only the development of all capacities dormant within us. Knowledge has value only in so far as it contributes to the all-around development of the whole of human nature.
0.11 Ideas To Serve Human Goals
 Therefore, this book does not regard the relationship between science and life in such a way that human beings must bow down before the world of ideas and devote their powers to its service. On the contrary, it shows that we should take possession of the world of ideas to use them for our human goals, which go beyond those of mere science.
0.12 Confront And Experience Idea
 One must be able to confront an idea and experience it; otherwise one will fall into its bondage.