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"The purpose of The Philosophy Of Freedom is to lay the foundations of ethical individualism and of a social and political life." Rudolf Steiner

Ethical individualism is a humanist world-view that recognizes that the most cherished human dignity is to live according to one's own freely chosen values.


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We are improving the readability of Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy Of Freedom to a High School reading level. The currently available editions require a College reading level. This is an ongoing project with new additions posted daily. You can participate by posting your suggestions to improve the readability, or point out places needing further clarification in the comment box below the newly revised chapters. Links to chapters that have been made more readable are listed below. Links to past translations are here for reference.

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PART I : THEORY
The Theory of Freedom


0. THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE
1. THE CONSCIOUS HUMAN DEED
2. THE DESIRE FOR KNOWLEDGE
3. THINKING AS A MEANS OF
GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD

4. THE WORLD AS PERCEPTION
5. GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD
6. HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY
7. ARE THERE ANY LIMITS TO KNOWLEDGE?

New Readable Chapter 5 - Gaining Knowledge Of The World

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5. GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD 

How do you gain knowledge of the world?

5.0 Critical Thinking
5.1 The Awakened State Of Thinking
5.2 Thought That Applies To The World
5.3 World Connects With Corresponding Concept
5.4 Process Of Growth
5.5 Indivisible Existence of Concept With Percept
5.6 Isolate And Grasp Single Concepts
5.7 Self Definition Through Thinking
5.8 In Thinking We Are The All One Being
5.9 Will Is Objectified In Action And Known By Thinking
5.10 Corresponding Intuition
5.11 Conceptual Connections Of Percepts
5.12 Conceptual Intuition Corresponds To Objective Percept

5.0 Critical Thinking
[1] Our preceding discussion has shown that it is impossible to prove, by examining the content of our observation, that our percepts are ideas. This proof was supposedly established with the following argument: If the perceptual process takes place according to naive-realistic assumptions about our psychological and physiological constitution, then we are dealing not with things-in-themselves, but only with our inner representations of the things. But we found that when naive realism is consistently thought through it leads to results that directly contradict those assumptions. They must therefore be discarded as an unsuitable basis of a world-view. It is certainly inadmissible to reject the assumptions and yet accept as valid what results from them. The Critical Idealist does this when he uses the line of argument above as the basis for his assertion “The world is my idea”. (Eduard von Hartmann gives a detailed account of this line of argument in The Fundamental Problems of Epistemology.)

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  • I like the way chp4 turned out with 3 headings per section (see comment). I am going to do the same thing to chp3. This gives the book more of a textbook organization for easier study.

  • Each POF section has 3 parts (tones). I am adding 2 subtopic headings to the topic heading in chp4

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