VERY helpful indeed!
Your description of the German word for knowledge reminds me of the English phrase "learning from experience."
I don't know how these two, pote…"
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'm now retired, my career was as a self-employed architectural illustrator. 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 a 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 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 which marks when Steiner shifts to another viewpoint of the chapter theme.
While many may have doubts about spiritual science, any science minded person will find Steiner's earlier work describing free thinking and 'ethical individualism' of interest and accessible. So for almost 30 years I have devoted myself to learning, applying and sharing Steiner's science of freedom.