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The Philosophy Of Freedom Study Course


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


The Philosophy Of Freedom Study Course
Registration A study course topic is posted and sent to website subscribers weekly. Begin the course at anytime by clicking on a study course link. The study course is composed of 3 independent parts; video and quiz questions, observation exercises, and a whiteboard for creativity. You can complete and submit all or just one of the parts.
Video and Quiz Questions A video and quiz topic is posted and sent to website subscribers weekly. They will cover 200 topics in Rudolf Steiner's “The Philosophy Of Freedom”. Submit your answers and get certificate credit for your work.
Observation Exercises The observation of thinking exercises given are suggested by the text. Steiner preferred his philosophy to be considered a science of freedom. To help demonstrate the science, participants are encouraged to submit their observation exercise answers for a research project. (thank-you)
Whiteboard Text, painting, and pics can be added to create a collage or whatever and shared with everyone for fun.
Course Theme Master the Content
George O'Neil described study of The Philosophy of Freedom in this way:
"First, we immerse ourselves within the text to master the content, eliminating personal preference and emphasis. Then, unexpected meanings emerge, revealing interdependence and symmetries that weave the single thoughts into a whole."
Says Goethe: "To have the whole thing in your heart, you must have conned its every part." To which Rudolf Steiner added: "First read for substance, then read again for form."
Cost Freely given as is everything on the website.

Recognizing and Honoring the Light of Awareness

I've enjoyed bits and pieces of Steiner over the last couple of years (since reading Gary Lachman's book and discussing Steiner off and on with a friend).  While much that he has to say leaves me puzzled, at best, I've read enough (generally speaking) to appreciate his genius.  My favorite quote is as follows:

"…thinking must never be regarded as merely a subjective activity. Thinking lies beyond subject and object. It produces these two concepts just as it produces all others. When, therefore, I, as thinking subject, refer a concept to an object, we must not regard this reference as something purely subjective. It is not the subject that makes the reference, but thinking. The subject does not think because it is a subject; rather it appears to itself as a subject because it can think. The activity exercised by thinking beings is thus not merely subjective. Rather is it something neither subjective nor objective, that transcends both these concepts. I ought never to say that my individual subject thinks, but much more that my individual subject lives by the grace of thinking“ (from Chapter 4 of “The Philosophy of Freedom”, "The World as Percept").

Not sure where I snagged that translation (it may or may not be the one used on this site), but I find that quotation very expressive of one aspect of my own philosophy which I have attempted to articulate in this short essay:

Recognizing and Honoring the Light of Awareness

I have joined this community based on my appreciation of that quotation alone.  I have a hard-copy of the book (translated by Michael Wilson), but have not really begun reading it yet.  I'm hoping that interacting with folks here will provide the impetus to begin reading it in earnest.  In the meantime, I would be interested to know how (to your mind) my use of this quotation tracks with its implication for Steiner's overall philosophy of freedom.  Thank you for any feedback you care to offer.


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First 5 Study Course Topics

We are starting with chapter 3 on thinking, and then we do chapter 9 on ethical individualism.
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Chapter 3 How To Think, Not What To Think

3-0 To Think Or Not Think



3-1 Observation



3-2 Observation Of Feeling



3-3 Thinking Observation



3-4 Observation Of Thinking

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We have made the ONLY original, unrevised edition of "The Philosophy Of Freedom" available on Amazon, at our publication cost ($9.80). Translated by HOERNLE 1916.
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  • Two new features are being added to the study course. I have added a whiteboard at the end of the quiz for some creativity and fun that can be shared with others. Your tools are text, coloring brush and pic upload. I will also be adding observation of thought exercises.

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