phenomenological account of the results of observing the human soul, according to the methods of natural science

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The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity – Read by the amazing Owen Hunt @bootsygreenwood Now in Audio, on Audible and everywhere else!

Of all of his works, The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity is the one that Steiner himself believed would have the longest life, and the greatest spiritual and cultural consequences. It was written as a phenomenological account of the results of observing the human soul, according to the methods of natural science.

This seminal work asserts that free spiritual activity (understood as the human ability to think and act independently of physical nature) is the suitable path for human beings today, to gain true knowledge of themselves and of the universe. This is not merely a philosophical volume, but rather a warm, heart-oriented guide to the practice and experience of living thinking.

Listeners will not find abstract philosophy here, but a step-by-step account of how a person may come to experience living, intuitive thinking – “the conscious experience of a purely spiritual content”.

The Theory of Freedom

I. CONSCIOUS HUMAN ACTION

II. WHY THE DESIRE FOR KNOWLEDGE IS FUNDAMENTAL

III. THOUGHT AS THE INSTRUMENT OF KNOWLEDGE

IV. THE WORLD AS PERCEPT

V. OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD

VI. HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY

VII. ARE THERE ANY LIMITS TO KNOWLEDGE?

The Reality of Freedom

VIII. THE FACTORS OF LIFE

IX. THE IDEA OF FREEDOM

X. MONISM AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY

XI. WORLD-PURPOSE AND LIFE-PURPOSE (THE DESTINY OF MAN)

XII. MORAL IMAGINATION (DARWIN AND MORALITY)

XIII. THE VALUE OF LIFE (OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM)

XIV. THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE GENUS

Ultimate Questions

XV. THE CONSEQUENCES OF MONISM

Truth and Science

I. PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS

II. THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF KANT’S THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

III. THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE SINCE KANT

IV. THE STARTING-POINTS OF THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

V. KNOWLEDGE AND REALITY

VI. THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT PRESUPPOSITIONS VERSUS FICHTE’S THEORY OF

SCIENCE

VII. CONCLUDING REMARKS: EPISTEMOLOGICAL

VIII. CONCLUDING REMARKS: PRACTICAL

ADDITION TO THE REVISED EDITION OF “THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM,” 1918

REVISED INTRODUCTION TO “PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM”

PREFACE TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF “TRUTH AND SCIENCE”

INTRODUCTION TO ORIGINAL EDITION OF “TRUTH AND SCIENCE”