|Title:||Essential Philosophy of Freedom, The|
|Categories:||About Anthroposophy, Inner Life of the Teacher, General Waldorf Education|
Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Steiner, Edited by Frederick Amrine
|Number of pages:||79|
This is the 2nd edition of The Essential Philosophy of Freedom. Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom (1894) is one of his four “basic books.” It is resounding defense of the centrality of thinking in epistemology, and of imagination in ethics.I have long felt that this book exhibits a twofold nature. Certain parts transcend the time of their writing, and stand today as fresh and valid as ever. These parts of The Philosophy of Freedom are immortal.Yet other parts are not. There Steiner deals with worldviews and philosophers (notably Eduard von Hartmann) that are no longer relevant today. And these sections actually dilute the argument; although it is perhaps heretical to say so, they diminish the book as a whole.Moreover, a great deal of the volume’s attraction lies in the elegance of its formulations. Again and again Steiner is able to frame his argument in lapidary maxims. These should be highlighted and brought to the fore.Thus I hit on the idea of an abridged version, which would remove the distractions and make the gems stand out.