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The Philosophy Of Freedom

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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 SCIENTIFIC IMPULSE
3. THINKING AS A MEANS OF
GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD

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

TPOF Book Structure: Cognitive Processes

I think my approach to The Philosophy Of Freedom would be called Cognitive Psychology.
In addition, the content of each chapter would be further sectioned into 12 worldviews. 
Every time you think or act it would fall into one of these categories.

"To recognize the laws of one's deeds, means to become conscious of one's own freedom.
Thus the process of cognition is the process of the development of freedom."
Rudolf Steiner, Truth and Science, vii Practical Conclusion

Each chapter of TFOP describes a cognitive process.
A particular way of knowing and ethics is suited for each cognitive process.

7 Ways Of Knowing
(thinking type)

Cognitive Processes 7 Ways Of Ethics
(ethics type)

1. Self-Determined Thought
(free action)

Willing
(action)

14. Self-Determined Ethics
(free individuality)

2. Desired Thought
(worldview)

Feeling
(desire)

13. Desired Ethics
(highest ideal)

3. Reflective Thought
(think about thinking)

Thinking
(thought)

12. Reflective Ethics
(select ethical principle)

4. Reactive Thought
(form percept)

Perceiving
(percept)

11. Reactive Ethics
(life purpose, life goals)

5. Universal Thought
(corresponding concept)

Conceiving
(concept)

10. Universal Ethics
(ethical principle)

6. Individual Thought
(representation of reality)

Representing
(idea or mental picture)

9. Individual Ethics
(ethical individualism)

7. Whole World Thought
(cognitive unity of world)

Cognizing
(self)

8. Whole Personality Ethics
(cognitive unity of thinking, feeling, willing)

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The Human Ideal

Wise ones throughout history have given humanity a picture of the Human Ideal to strive for, such as religious saints like Jesus in the Gospels or Ayn Rand's selfish individualist. Rudolf Steiner presents to the world a new Human Ideal for our age. Part I of the book describes THE FREE THINKER while Part II describes THE FREE SPIRIT. The Human Ideal is when they are united.

Update 1


THE HUMAN IDEAL

presented in
RUDOLF STEINER'S
THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM


CHAPTER


THE FREE
THINKER 
The Knower


HUMAN 
BEING

elements of
cognition


THE FREE
SPIRIT
The Doer


CHAPTER

1. Conscious Human Action


 I KNOW WHY
I ACT

Will


I ACT
INDIVIDUALLY

14. The Individual
And The Genus

2. Why The Desire For
Knowledge Is Fundamental


I DESIRE
TRUTH

Feel


I DESIRE
THE GOOD

13. The Value Of Life

3. Thought As The
Instrument Of Knowledge


I THINK
UNIVERSALLY

Think


I THINK
IMAGINATIVELY

12. Moral Imagination

4. The World As Percept


I GIVE MEANING
TO THE WORLD

Perception


I GIVE PURPOSE
TO MY LIFE

11. World Purpose And Life Purpose

5. Our Knowledge Of The World


I KNOW THE
WORLD

Conception


I ACT
ETHICALLY

10. Monism And The Philosophy Of Freedom

6. Human Individuality


MY IDEAS 
ARE
REALITY-BASED

Idea


MY ACTIONS
REALIZE IDEALS

9. The Idea Of Freedom

7. Are There Any Limits To Knowledge?

 
THE WORLD IS
A WHOLE

Cognition

 
I AM PART OF
THE WHOLE

8. The Factors Of Life

How can we get along?  HARMONY OF INTENTIONS A moral misunderstanding, a clash of aims, is impossible between those who are free.

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ITALIAN translation (bottom of the English translations page)

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  • The US ethical crisis is seen in the people being on the verge of knowingly electing the most unethical and immoral politician in our history: Hillary Clinton. Too bad an education program  in The Philosophy Of Freedom isn't yet available, its only been published for a century.

  • STUDY COURSE: I'm thinking the best way to educate people of TPOF is a free study course. Study groups don't seem effective. I still need to sort out how to do that. I'm not happy with my current course attempt.

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