Topic Headings

TOPIC HEADINGS
THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM by RUDOLF STEINER

The Philosophy Of Freedom is complex reading so topic headings help the reader to identify the main points and point-of-view shifts. These topic headings are based on the 12 worldview thought structure of the book. Most of the editions Philosophy Of Freedom editions found on philosophyoffreedom.com have topic headings added.

PART I THEORY
Knowledge Of Freedom

0. THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE
1. CONSCIOUS HUMAN ACTION
2. THE FUNDAMENTAL DESIRE FOR KNOWLEDGE
3. THOUGHT AS INSTRUMENT
4. THE WORLD AS PERCEPTION
5. KNOWING THE WORLD
6. HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY
7. ARE THERE LIMITS TO KNOWLEDGE?

PART II PRACTICE
Reality Of Freedom

8. THE FACTORS OF LIFE
9. THE IDEA OF FREEDOM
10. MONISM AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM
11. WORLD PURPOSE AND LIFE PURPOSE
12. MORAL IMAGINATION
13. THE VALUE OF LIFE
14. THE INDIVIDUAL AND TYPE

PART I THEORY

Chapter 0 THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE
0.0 Cult Of Individuality
.01 Shake Off Authority
.02 Individual Validation
.03 Self-Development
.04 Leaderless Striving
.05 Refuse Forced Ideals
.06 All Are Worthy
.07 Nonconformity
.08 Perfection Of Each
.09 Unique Contribution
.010 Creative Expression
.011 Striving For Freedom
.012 Independence

Chapter 0 THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE
0.0 Path To Truth
.1 Conviction Of Inner Truth
.2 Empowered By Truth
.3 Inner Knowing
.4 Advance In Knowledge
.5 Acceptance Of Truth
.6 Application Of Freedom Principles
.7 Training In Pure Thought
.8 All-Inclusive Science
.9 Science Of Freedom
.10 Value Of Science
.11 Ideas To Serve Human Goals
.12 Master Of Ideas

CHAPTER 1 CONSCIOUS HUMAN ACTION
1.0 Question Of Freedom
1.1 Freedom Of Indifferent Choice
1.2 Freedom Of Choice
1.3 Free Necessity Of One's Nature
1.4 Conduct Of Character
1.5 Action Resulting From Conscious Motive
1.6 Controlled By Reason
1.7 Ability To Do What One Wishes
1.8 Spontaneous Unconditioned Will
1.9 Known Reason
1.10 Driving Force Of The Heart
1.11 Act Out Of Love
1.12 Seeing The Good

CHAPTER 2 THE FUNDAMENTAL DRIVE FOR KNOWLEDGE
2.0 Desire For Knowledge
2.1 Materialism
2.2 Spiritualism
2.3 Realism
2.4 Idealism
2.5 Paradox Of Materialistic Idealism
2.6 Indivisible Unity
2.7 Polarity Of Consciousness
2.8 Feeling We Belong
2.9 Knowing Nature Within
2.10 Something More Than "I"
2.11 Description Of Experience
2.12 Facts Without Interpretation

Chapter 3 THINKING AS THE INSTRUMENT OF KNOWLEDGE
3.0 Reflect On The Content Of Observation
3.1 Observation Of Thought
3.2 Establish Concepts
3.3 Thinking Contemplation Of Object
3.4 Thinking Contemplation Of Thought
3.5 Know Content Of Concept
3.6 Pure Thinking – Guided By Content Of Thought
3.7 Certainty Of Thought – I Produce My Content Of Thought
3.8 Remain Within Thought
3.9 Create Thought
3.10 Self-Subsisting Thought
3.11 Examination Of Thinking
3.12 Rightness Of Thought

CHAPTER 4 THE WORLD AS PERCEPTION
4.0 Thinking Reacts To Observation
4.1 Conceptual Search
4.2 Conceptual Reference
4.3 Conceptual Relationship
4.4 Correction Of World Picture
4.5 Perception-Picture
4.6 Subjective Perception-Picture
4.7 Idea: After-Effect Picture Of Object
4.8 Idea Thrust Into Foreground
4.9 Idea: What Organization Transmits
4.10 External World Is Projection Of Psyche
4.11 External Perception Is My Idea
4.12 The World Is My Idea

CHAPTER 5 KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD
5.0 Independent Existence Of Things
5.1 Awakened State Of Thinking
5.2 Correctly Applied Thought
5.3 World Causes Concept To Arise In Thinker
5.4 Continuous Process Of Growth
5.5 Indivisible Existence of Concept With Object
5.6 Isolate And Grasp Single Concepts
5.7 Self Definition By Means Of Thinking
5.8 We All Grasp Same Concepts
5.9 World Unity Found In Ideal Content
5.10 Corresponding Intuition Makes World Intelligible
5.11 Conceptual Connections Of Perceptions
5.12 Objective Percept And Subjective Memory-Idea

Chapter 6 HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY
6.0 Reality-Based Ideas
6.1 Sense Perception Of Motion
6.2 Idea: Intuition Related To A Percept
6.3 Idea: Individualized Concept
6.4 Idea: Acquired Experience
6.5 Idea: Subjective Representation Of Reality
6.6 Relate Ego To Percept As Pleasure Or Pain
6.7 Two-Fold Nature: Thinking And Feeling
6.8 True Individuality
6.9 Individual Point Of View
6.10 Intensity Of Feelings
6.11 Education Of Feelings
6.12 Living Concepts

CHAPTER 7 ARE THERE LIMITS TO KNOWLEDGE?
7.0 Cognitive Unity
7.1 Experience And Hypothetical World Principle
7.2 Self-Hood Answers Own Questions
7.3 Reconcile Familiar Perceptions and Concepts
7.4 Conceptual Representation Of Objective Reality
7.5 Real Principles in addition to Ideal Principles
7.6 Real Evidence of Senses in addition to Ideal Evidence
7.7 Vanishing Perceptions and Ideal Entities
7.8 Perceptible Reality and Imperceptible Reality
7.9 Sum of Perceptions and Laws of Nature
7.10 Separation and then Reunion of “I” into World Continuity
7.11 Sum of Effects and Underlying Causes
7.12 Subjective and Objective World Continuity

PART II PRACTICE

CHAPTER 8 THE FACTORS OF LIFE
8.0 Knowing Personality
8.1 Emotions Personality
8.2 Feeling Personality
8.3 Knowledge Of Feeling
8.4 Feeling Of Existence
8.5 Cultivation Of Emotional Life
8.6 Feeling As Instrument Of Knowledge
8.7 Philosopher of Feeling
8.8 Mysticism
8.9 Willing Personality
8.10 Voluntarism
8.11 Experience Of Mysticism And Voluntarism
8.12 Universal Will

CHAPTER 9 THE IDEA OF FREEDOM
9.0 Conceptual Intuition
9.1 Idealistic Will
9.2 Ethical Character
9.3 Motivated Idea
9.4 Levels Of Morality
9.5 Ethical Intuition
9.6 Situational Idea
9.7 Ethical Individualism
9.8 Love Of Goal
9.9 Free Action
9.10 Social Harmony
9.11 Actualize Free Spirit
9.12 State and Society

CHAPTER 10 MONISM AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM
10.0 Authoritative Moral Principles
10.1 Mechanical Necessity
10.2 Absolute Spiritual Being
10.3 No Room For Freedom
10.4 Imposed Principles
10.5 Accept The Moral Principles Of Others
10.6 Free When Obey Self
10.7 Realization Of The Free Spirit Within
10.8 Moral Laws Free Creation Of Individuals
10.9 Freedom Stage Of Development
10.10 Discover Own Self
10.11 Emancipation From Maxims
10.12 Freedom Is Being Moral

Chapter 11 WORLD PURPOSE AND LIFE PURPOSE (The Destiny Of Man)
11.0 Concept Of Purpose
11.1 Cause And Effect (percept cause precedes percept effect)
11.2 Conceptual Factor Of Effect
11.3 Human Action (real influence of concept)
11.4 Naive Person (imagined purpose in nature)
11.5 Laws Of Nature
11.6 Life Purposes
11.7 Human Destiny
11.8 Actualize Ideas
11.9 Formative Principle (unity and order in nature)
11.10 Teleology (adaptation in nature)
11.11 Coherence Within Whole (embodied idea)
11.12 Purposes In World Or Nature

CHAPTER 12 MORAL IMAGINATION (Darwinism and Morality)
12.0 Moral Intuition (originate moral decision)
12.1 Concrete Idea (specific goal)
12.2 Moral Imagination (translate principle to specific goal)
12.3 Moral Technique (avoid violating natural laws)
12.4 Science Of Moral Ideas
12.5 Newly Created Moral Laws
12.6 Evolution Of Morality
12.7 Evolution Of Ethical Individualist
12.8 Rejection Of Supernatural Influence
12.9 Characterization Of Free Action
12.10 Freedom Is Perfected Human Action
12.11 Freedom Is To Determine Own Motives
12.12 Submission To Others

CHAPTER 13 THE VALUE OF LIFE (Optimism and Pessimism)
13.0 World Is Good Or Life Is Miserable?
13.1 Best Possible World (cooperative participation)
13.2 Pain Of Striving (universal idleness)
13.3 Pain Outweighs Pleasure (unselfish service)
13.4 Pleasure Of Striving (future goal)
13.5 Quantity Of Pleasure (rational estimation of feeling)
13.6 Quality Of Pleasure (critical examination of feeling)
13.7 Pursuit Of Pleasure (hopelessness of egotism)
13.8 Value Of Pleasure (satisfaction of needs)
13.9 Will For Pleasure (intensity of desire)
13.10 Magnitude Of Pleasure (amusement)
13.11 Highest Pleasure (realization of moral ideals)
13.12 Joy Of Achievement (measure achievement against aims)

CHAPTER 14 INDIVIDUALITY AND TYPE
14.0 The Question Of Free Individuality
14.1 Group Type
14.2 Emancipation From Type
14.3 Opportunity According To Ability And Inclination
14.4 Profession According To Merit
14.5 Free Self-Determination
14.6 Individual Thinking
14.7 Individual Goals
14.8 Individual Views And Actions
14.9 Emancipation Of Knowing
14.10 Emancipation Of Being
14.11 Free Ethical Conduct
14.12 Moral Contribution To Humanity