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Of all of his works, Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path 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 - u

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Paperback, 281 pages
Published January 31st 1995 by SteinerBooks, Inc (first published 1894)
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Tompof
You will find at http://www.philosophyoffreedom.com 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 Ph
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Tompof
You will find at the 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 Philosophy of
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Jeff barney
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
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Coquille Fleur
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.
Scot
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 ...more
Andrea
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.
Claudia
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.
Jeffrey
Observe your thinking!
Kathryn Casternovia
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 because
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Gaudeamus
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
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Tompof
You will find at the 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 Philosophy of
...more
Tompof
You will find at http://www.philosophyoffreedom.com 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 Philosophy
...more
Tompof
You will find at the 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 Philosophy of
...more
Tompof
You will find at http://www.philosophyoffreedom.com 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 Philosophy
...more
Tompof
You will find at the 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 Philosophy of
...more
Beth
Sep 08, 2007 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers
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 grou ...more
Patrick
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.
Carolyn
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....
Marco cuore_vivo
Apr 12, 2007 Marco cuore_vivo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any awaked mind and warm hearted person

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

Lord
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.
Valenfore Alestreneon
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.
carl
steiner's effort to bridge the gap between spirituality and reason. read it for yourself to determine if he succeeded or failed.
Sarah
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i studied this book experientially for two weeks for summer teaching training intensive.
thinking about thinking...
Mara
Not as good a translation.
Sean
Cult gibberish.
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