"To be free means to be able to determine by moral imagination out of oneself, those ideas (motives) which lie at the basis of action. Freedom is impossible if anythi…"
Fair Oaks, CA
Welcome. I am Tom Last, creator of philosophyoffreedom.com. My education is a few years in college and self-learning through internet research. I am not an academic or philosophy trained. I have seriously studied the text for 28 years and tried to relate what I read to my own experience. I also tried to avoid dragging in outside sources, such as Steiner's later writings from theosophy/anthroposophy, but found the book capable of explaining itself. The main difficulty is Steiner's German and literal word for word translations. This is overcome by referring to various translations and with a new more readable translation being worked on.
The other major problem is that the book is culturally outdated. It is said Steiner hoped the book would be rewritten in 100 years for the changing culture. The first English translation was written 100 years ago so now is the time. Modern culture now communicates in short videos. The science in the book, which is all that is important, can be communicated in brief through comparative study. Comparative research is said to be the first step in establishing a new science, a new science of freedom. These videos are now (june 2017) being produced.
I'm now retired, my career was as a self-employed architectural illustrator. I worked half the year to support my family and studied half the year. Biodynamic mini-farming led me to place my children in a Waldorf school which led me to study Rudolf Steiner's “The Philosophy Of freedom” at Rudolf Steiner College - Fair Oaks, Ca. in 1989. I quickly realized Steiner's philosophy of life could change the world, but also saw that it was for the most part unknown and could be lost forever. It was being ignored as the "foundation of ethical individualism and of a social and political life" as Steiner had intended and reaffirmed in 1918, and was merely used as somehow supporting faith in the spiritual science of Anthroposophy. I decided that I should do something.
In my first year with the book I recognized it was very structured. I also read Steiner's "Human And Cosmic Thought" that year which contained a thought-structure that integrated all possible world-views. It seemed obvious to me that the two books would be related. It didn't take much effort to lay the thought-structure over the book and see that they matched. This has been verified by at least 4 others who were qualified to do so by having mastered the content through their own study: John Ralph (eurythmist, camp hill), Lori Perry (organic farmer), Jay Harms (anthroposophical physician), and Roger Lundberg (therapeutic eurythmist, builder). The posted text on this website is sectioned off with topic headings based on this discovered thought-structure outline of the book that marks Steiner's shifts from one viewpoint to another within a chapter.