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Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path [Paperback]

Rudolf Steiner , Gertrude Reif Hughes , Michael Lipson
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Oct. 1 1995 Classics in Anthroposophy
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 - 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.

Readers 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."

During the past hundred years since it was written, many have tried to discover this "new thinking" that could help us understand the various spiritual, ecological, social, political, and philosophical issues facing us. But only Rudolf Steiner laid out a path that leads from ordinary thinking to the level of pure spiritual activity - intuitive thinking - in which we become co-creators and co-redeemers of the world.


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RUDOLF STEINER (1861–1925) became a respected and well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, particularly known for his work on Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena. His multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, philosophy, religion, education (Waldorf schools), special education (the Camphill movement), economics, agriculture (biodynamics), science, architecture, and the arts (drama, speech and eurythmy). In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which has branches throughout the world.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Philosophy of Spiritual Activity April 12 2000
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This is a new translation of Rudolf Steiner's most important work. It has an especially good introduction by Gertrude Hughes Reif. However, I preferred the two older titles: "Philosophy of Freedom" and "Philosophy of Spiritual Activity" because the significance of the experience of the book comes across better for me with those titles. This is not a book that can be "read" in the usual sense. It must be worked on because it forces you to think about your own thinking. Through this difficult process you yourself discover your spiritual self, your "I" being. This book should be the most important book of the last 100 years, but it hasn't been because there are not many people who want to discover themselves. That is too fearful and difficult. It is much easier to be asleep or to belong to a religion or to have a guru. For anyone who is brave and courageous about "Know Thyself!" this is THE book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever wondered how you KNOW anything? Oct. 10 1998
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Perhaps one of the most significant questions you can ask in your life: How can I know anything? How can I feel sure that what I hold as the basis for reality has any reality at all? These and other significant life questions are worked through in this remarkable philosophical work. Be prepared to do your own work as you follow the intuitive path that has been carefully outlined by Rudolf Steiner. The careful reader will find few books more deeply satisfying. I have returned to re-read it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What kind of review? Jan. 31 2001
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Are there words to be found for this book? I wish courage to all those who want to give it a try and read it. Life gets different after the experience...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please see my review of Wilson's translation Aug. 2 2009
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This, I presume, is an alternative English title for Steiner's great Philosophy of Freedom (Philosophie der Freiheit). Please see my review of the Michael Wilson translation for commentary from a professional philosopher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Philosophy of Spiritual Activity April 12 2000
By Andrew Flaxman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a new translation of Rudolf Steiner's most important work. It has an especially good introduction by Gertrude Hughes Reif. However, I preferred the two older titles: "Philosophy of Freedom" and "Philosophy of Spiritual Activity" because the significance of the experience of the book comes across better for me with those titles. This is not a book that can be "read" in the usual sense. It must be worked on because it forces you to think about your own thinking. Through this difficult process you yourself discover your spiritual self, your "I" being. This book should be the most important book of the last 100 years, but it hasn't been because there are not many people who want to discover themselves. That is too fearful and difficult. It is much easier to be asleep or to belong to a religion or to have a guru. For anyone who is brave and courageous about "Know Thyself!" this is THE book.
117 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever wondered how you KNOW anything? Oct. 10 1998
By vicnada@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Perhaps one of the most significant questions you can ask in your life: How can I know anything? How can I feel sure that what I hold as the basis for reality has any reality at all? These and other significant life questions are worked through in this remarkable philosophical work. Be prepared to do your own work as you follow the intuitive path that has been carefully outlined by Rudolf Steiner. The careful reader will find few books more deeply satisfying. I have returned to re-read it many times.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the Langauge of the Spiritual World Sept. 6 2012
By David Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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Like many others, I started reading this book but soon gave up in frustration. Only later to realize that this book is the foundation of all of Rudolf Steiner's work (which he himself said many times). This is not an easy read and should not be read like a regular book, you need to really meditate on it, stop and think and question all the way through it at a slow pace.

Do we really need a book that teaches us how to think? Yes, more than ever in a society that wants to do the thinking for us with TV, movies and ads galore. Just look at AR Augmented Reality and you can see the urgency.

I actually prefer the older Philosophy of Spiritual Activity but this book is good as well. So why is it so hard to read and understand?

Everything in this book is coming from a mind that is in another plane of existence and then is put into words. The spiritual world speaks in symbols and this is symbolic text. Think of it this way. If you were to read a book on how to speak another language and most of the book was written in that language, although it was also written in a language you understood, it would be difficult. That is how this book is written.

This book will train your mind to understand itself and you will learn the language of the spiritual planes. I know of no other book that does this just by reading and studying it. I found it also helps to meditate on key ideas from the book.

If you really want to get the full effect. Start with; The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's World Conception by Rudolf Steiner then read and study;The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity by Rudolf Steiner and then Philosophy of Freedom. You will then trace Rudolf Steiner's thinking and rhythm for all of his work and lectures. I have noticed that this book alone will increase your comprehension and intelligence level greatly. A new world of ideas and thought will open itself to you and as a result you will also experience some amazing things.
60 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What kind of review? Jan. 31 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Are there words to be found for this book? I wish courage to all those who want to give it a try and read it. Life gets different after the experience...
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read Feb. 21 2011
By Divine - Published on Amazon.com
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Rudolf Steiner was a genius. This is a very in depth and challenging read that will help you to really know reality. Whether or not you agree with everything he says, read it with an open mind and really think through the material being presented. Just doing so will grow your intelligence.
I find that Rudolf Steiner's written works are a very satisfying read. Truly reading them with an open mind and following his thought process is very enlightening and is itself a form of meditation.
Again this is a very challenging read. If you are new to Steiner then I would recommend reading either this book or "How to Know Higher Worlds" (also translated as "Knowledge of Higher Worlds and Its Attainment") first.
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