The Philosophy Of Freedomby Rudolf Steiner
This is the first English translation and the only one sanctioned by Rudolf Steiner
The Philosophy of Freedom describes Rudolf Steiner's path to freedom. It contains the nonconformist ideals of his youth that result from his study of mathematics, science, and philosophy culminating in a philosophy of life founded upon individualistic truth and ethical individualism.
This is the first English translation and the only one sanctioned by Rudolf Steiner himself. Joint translators Prof. and Mrs. R. F. Alfred Hoernlé were selected for their outstanding qualifications. First published in 1916, it is based on the original 1894 German ""Die Philosophie der Freiheit"". Other translations have been based on the 1918 revised German edition. It includes inspiring passages about individualism that were removed from the book in 1918 and are missing in later translations: "We no longer believe that there is a norm to which we must all strive to conform."" ""If only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development."
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I am grateful for the republication of this first English translation of The Philosophy of Freedom. As noted in the description, the opening words, which do not appear in subsequent editions, are inspiring. This is not a book of answers; it is a tough assignment. That said, there are problems with this edition. It has clearly been reproduced by scanning, which has led to several misprints. Also, the cross references were not checked, and are off by at least 10 pages. And finally, the introduction is heavily opinionated. The very least that could have been done to mitigate or back up the assertions in the introduction would have been to indicate what changes were made by Rudolf Steiner in his second edition, so that the reader could draw his or her own conclusions about Steiner's changes.