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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, the Ethical Individualist. The Ethical Individualist stands at the highest point of human evolution. Part I of the book describes the FREE THINKING while Part II describes the FREE MORALITY of the Ethical Individualist. The human ideal unites these two sides.


THE ETHICAL INDIVIDUALIST

presented in
RUDOLF STEINER'S
THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM


CHAPTER


FREE
THINKING 
The Knower


HUMAN 
BEING

elements of
cognition


FREE
MORALITY

The Doer


CHAPTER

1. Conscious Human Action


 I KNOW WHY
I ACT

Willing


I ACT
INDIVIDUALLY

14. The Individual
And The Genus

2. Why The Desire For
Knowledge Is Fundamental


I DESIRE
TRUTH

Feeling


I DESIRE
THE GOOD

13. The Value Of Life

3. Thought As The
Instrument Of Knowledge


I THINK
UNIVERSALLY

Thinking


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 IDEALS ARE
REALIZED IN ACTION

9. The Idea Of Freedom

7. Are There Any Limits To Knowledge?

 
THE WORLD IS
A WHOLE

Cognition

 
I AM
A 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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Rudolf Steiner 1919
Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism - GA191 Lecture 4 of 15

The man of modern times cannot live instinctively; he must live consciously. He needs a freedom that is real. He needs more than vague talk about freedom; more than the mere verbiage of freedom. He needs that freedom should actually grow into his immediate life and surroundings. This is only possible along roads that lead to ethical individualism.

At the time when my book The Philosophy of Freedom appeared, Eduard von Hartmann wrote to me: “The book ought not to be called ‘The Philosophy of Freedom’ but ‘A Study in Phenomena connected with the Theory of Cognition, and an Ethical Individualism.’ ” For a title of course that would have been rather long-winded; but it would not have been bad to have called it “Ethical Individualism,” for ethical individualism is nothing but the personal realization of freedom. The best people were totally unable to perceive how the actual impulses of the age were calling for the thing that is discussed in that book.

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New Philosophy Of Freedom Study Course


Philosophy Of Freedom Study Course
I am putting together a new Philosophy Of freedom study course. Some features include:

  • Watch Videos: I will be producing 200 short videos of under 5 minutes that cover each of the main topics in the book. They will be posted at the rate of 1 or 2 per week.
  • Take Quiz: A short quiz of 5-10 questions will accompany each video. The quiz results will be sent in and recorded in each one's file.
  • Work at own pace
  • Cost: Course is free, but participants are encouraged to share what they learn with a study project or by starting a study group.

Tom Last
November 12, 2015

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