Self-actualization is a process in which an individual achieves their full potential and has a sense of fulfillment and purpose in life. This is the greatest need of an individual who has progressed to higher level needs. The Philosophy Of Freedom presents a self-actualization process that consists of learning the concept of the free spirit (true self), the practice of pure thinking (which occurs in the study of the book), and the practice of applying the principles in the book to life. The result is attaining your full potential and having a sense of fulfillment and purpose in life. 

Link below to weekly POF Self-Actualization Group meeting on Monday's 10AM (San Francisco pacific time). If you would like to attend contact Tom.

Concept Of The Free Spirit
"A human being must unite his concept (free spirit) with the percept “human being” by his own activity. In this case concept and percept only coincide if the individual through his own effort makes them coincide. But he cannot do this until he has found the concept of the free spirit, which is the concept of his true Self." TPOF 9.11

"To transform the unfree realm into the realm of free activity is the task of self-development." RS Truth And Science

Steps to freedom: The Philosophy Of Freedom provides us with knowledge of the free spirit. Having knowledge of freedom makes it possible to actualize it in life. This marks out a step by step path of development to transform our unfreedom to free activity.

Readable edition: A free more readable download (with topic headings) of The Philosophy Of Freedom is here.

Applying The Principles
"Many of my contemporaries strive to conduct their lives in the direction of the principles I have suggested. To them I dedicate this book." TPOF 0.6


True Knowledge
Chapter 0 Actualize the Courage to cultivate individuality. See examples.
Chapter 0 Actualize the Conviction of inner truth. See examples.
Chapter 1 Actualize the Self-Awareness to know why you act. See examples.
Chapter 2 Actualize Self-Inquiry in the pursuit of knowledge. See examples.
Chapter 3 Actualize Pure Reason guided solely by the content of thought.
Chapter 4 Actualize Perceptual Clarity in the perception of the world.
Chapter 5 Actualize Intuitive Reason in your application of concepts to the world.
Chapter 6 Actualize Independent Ideas by forming individualized reality-based ideas.
Chapter 7 Actualize Cognitive Satisfaction without limits to knowledge.

True Self
Chapter 8 Actualize Self-Knowledge by cognizing feeling and willing.
Chapter 9 Actualize Ethical Individualism that expresses your ethical content in life.
Chapter 10 Actualize Moral Autonomy by obeying your ethical impulses.
Chapter 11 Actualize Purposeful Living in accord with the laws of nature.
Chapter 12 Actualize Moral Imagination to translate ethical principles into free deeds.
Chapter 13 Actualize a Transcendent Ego to achieve your highest idealistic goals.
Chapter 14 Actualize Free Individuality to overcome group identity.


Checklists (printable PDF)

Chapter 0 p1 The Goal Of Knowledge - cultivation of individuality in life

Chapter 0 p2 The Goal Of Knowledge - cultivation of individual knowing

Chapter 1 Conscious Human Action - questioning freedom (revised 2/19/2023)

Chapter 2 The Fundamental Desire For Knowledge

The 12 Worldviews of Human And Cosmic Thought by Rudolf Steiner


Graphic Novel summary of The Philosophy Of Freedom

Chapter 0 part 1 The Goal Of Knowledge

Chapter 0 part 2 The Goal Of Knowledge

Chapter 1 Conscious Human Action