The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity

The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity This seminal work asserts that free spiritual activity understood as the human ability to think and act independently of one s physical nature is the most appropriate path today for inner development

  • Title: The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
  • Author: Rudolf Steiner
  • ISBN: 9780880101561
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • This seminal work asserts that free spiritual activity understood as the human ability to think and act independently of one s physical nature is the most appropriate path today for inner development and true self knowledge This is not simply a volume of philosophy, but also a friendly guide to practice and the experience of living thinking Rudolf Steiner provides a stThis seminal work asserts that free spiritual activity understood as the human ability to think and act independently of one s physical nature is the most appropriate path today for inner development and true self knowledge This is not simply a volume of philosophy, but also a friendly guide to practice and the experience of living thinking Rudolf Steiner provides a step by step account of how we can come to experience living, intuitive thinking, the conscious experience of pure spirit.Since this book was written than a century ago, many have tried to discover the kind of new thinking that can help us better understand the spiritual, ecological, social, political, and philosophical issues that face us Steiner showed a path that leads from ordinary thinking to the level of pure spiritual activity true inner freedom.

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    1. This book is my favourite book; my desert island book. I can't get enough of reading it. It's amazing. Both its premise - the boldness of it - as well as the language (which is so crisp and clear that every other book seems tedious and unintelligent in comparison) continue to amaze me.I got really angry at this book, twice.I got really angry when I first read it. (I was so angry I very literally threw this book against a wall and vowed to never open its pages again.) It seemed to mock me on ever [...]

    2. You will find at philosophyoffreedom website a free online study course on the “Philosophy of Freedom”. It is Rudolf Steiner's most important work, and the one that will endure the longest, because it describes his path to freedom.When asked, “What will remain of your work in thousands of years? Steiner replied: “Nothing but the Philosophy of Freedom. When asked which of his books he would most want to see rescued if catastrophe should come upon the world, Steiner replied: “The Philoso [...]

    3. Fun stuff. It tales a while to get rolling along but in the end it is fun stuff.I read this book because it is highly recommended by Owen Barfield in Saving the Appearances. I read Barfield because he was a member of the Inklings and had a significant influence, particularly on C.S. Lewis, but also Tolkien and I suppose other Inklings. Barfield was highly regarded by the rest of the group.And Barfield loved the work of Steiner. In fact, many of Barfield's claims in his works seem telegraphed or [...]

    4. If I did not have a serious interest in philosophy (major in college and continued passion), I would have likely rated this with 3-stars and put down the book after finishing about half of it. The first 7 chapters are dense and worth slogging through if you want to watch Steiner eviscerate a multitude of philosophers including Kant, Descartes, Fichte, Schopenhauer and more which in and of itself is entertaining. The second half of the book is where the magic happens and the instruction manual is [...]

    5. Reviewing in English for consistency with this site.Steiner has a reputation as a difficult read, not to mention being gullibly esoteric. I must say that I cannot confirm either judgement based on this book. His vocabulary is perhaps a little old-fashioned, but his prose is perfectly readable by the standards of modern German, and arguably more accessible than many Victorian authors writing in the English language. He does have that academic proclivity for long and deeply nested sentences, howev [...]

    6. Unearths the divine reality that bridges our inherent divide between sense perception and conceptualization. The only author to achieve a unity between apparently opposing world views such as naive realism and idealism or materialism and spiritualism that are at the heart of conflict so rife in the world. The problem is the will it takes to bring about this unity is a free will actively and engaged and self engendered. This seems to take more cognitive rigor than folks are generally willing to t [...]

    7. Another book I read in teacher training. I had to present on one of the chapters, 7 I think, anyway, all I remember now is that it was about faith and hope. What hope do you have? Whatever hope you THINK you have. Boiled down: if you believe it, it is true. Another must read for anyone seriously studying Steiner and Waldorf education.

    8. Thank you, Kristen, for encouraging me to read this book. It is challenging to follow in some parts but so worth sticking to it. A simple but powerful idea to look nowhere but within yourself to find spirituality and meaning in life.

    9. Science, humanity and the reason within a Spiritual path. Steiner will seek to enlighten us through the results of observing the human soul according to the methods of natural science.

    10. "[Intuition] is a perception in which the perceiver is himself active, and it is an activity of the self which is also perceived. In intuitively experienced thinking man is transferred into a spiritual world as perceiver. What comes to meet him as perceptions within this world in the same way as the spiritual world of his own thinking comes to meet him, man recognizes as a world of spiritual perception. This world of perception has the same relationship to thinking as the world of physical perce [...]

    11. A quote from the book (translated by Michael Wilson):“Is man in his thinking and acting a spiritually free being, or is he compelled by the iron necessity of purely natural law?”What is freedom?Steiner, typically does not say, ‘this is the way it is.’ He navigates through very orderly imaginations. This book looks deeply at the question of freedom.For me, it was difficult to read; like a brain gym. Thankfully, I was encouraged, by friends, through the first half. Perhaps it was difficult [...]

    12. First off, this edition has a terrible title. The Philosophy of Freedom (or, even better, Freehood)(Die Philosophie der Freiheit) is the actual title; poor choice on SteinerBooks'/Anthroposophic Press' part. This is probably my favorite of Steiner's books. I found it the most accessible and rewarding to read and deal with. And there is a lot to deal with. His epistemology is nuts, but so is Kant's and Spinoza's and Hegel's, &c. I'm still reading up on the development of western philosophy, b [...]

    13. For Claudia, Patrick and others: In my opinion, the addition of the part "Intuitive Thinking As a Spiritual Path" was a big mistake. The original title of Steiner's book was "The Philosophy of Freedom" (not "A", but "The") and the new title only adds to misconception and confusion. Steiner saw thinking - conscious thinking - as primordial. Clear, precise thinking was absolutely essential, and intuition, as I see it, is something else. And what's more, as far as I know Steiner never associated in [...]

    14. A road to freedom, and a profound, philosophically taught explanation of how to achieve it. "It is a moral advance when a man no longer simply accepts the comands of an outer or inner authority as the motive of his action, but tries to understand the reason why a particular maxim of behavior should act as a motive in him." "A moral misunderstanding, a clash, is impossible between men who are morally free.""Investigation of our own being must give us the answer to our riddle. We must reach a poin [...]

    15. I am working on it. I have never done well with books on philosophy, but love the topic and ran into this author a couple of times. Hopefully I will finish it with full understanding and will give a good review at that time. Finished the book. I don't have much more understanding of the book, but that is a personal problem, not the books fault:) I will probably re-read it some day to understand it a bit better. Just a quick note, it centers on the topic of free will vs an external freedom.

    16. For those of you not "up to date" on the Beth express I've decided to become a Waldorf teacher! I'm taking a training course here in Portland, and The Philosophy of Freedom is my first reading assignment. It's quite incredible, actually, and I'm shocked, and surprised, that Steiner was never covered in the extensive Philosophy courses I took in college. Easier to read and understand than Kant, Hegel, or any other philosopher of his day, Steiner had some great ideas, quite holisitic, and ground- [...]

    17. The use of mind, of thoughts and of heart, celebrating the possibility to analize our mind and thoughts, as they born, they grow and make steps. The possibility to realize that thoughts themselves drive us to the discover and the analysis of our spiritual core. Have good reading!Marco

    18. I have been reading this book with two friends since last fall!!! It is a bear, partly because it is translated from German. There are whole classes on it at the college. Figured can't work at the Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore without reading some of the man's major works!! Sorry, can't sum it up yet for you.

    19. GoodA very interesting read. RS is an extraordinary thinker & great philosopher. This book has given me lots to think about.

    20. i studied this book experientially for two weeks for summer teaching training intensiveinking about thinking

    21. The acclaimed essay that gave Steiner his fame. He solves a lot of mysteries that many Philosophers have struggled with for centuries in this one.

    22. One of the essential books by Rudolf Steiner. Very difficult to read but very important for grasping the idea of freedom of the human soul and the basis of anthroposophy.

    23. steiner's effort to bridge the gap between spirituality and reason. read it for yourself to determine if he succeeded or failed.

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