Steiner on life (part II) – Beholding judgement

I left off in my last post speaking about intuitive understanding in Kant. In short, Kant says that it’s possible to think of a being that can survey the whole and its parts (or in the context of nature: the purpose and the mechanism) without having to resort to discursive thinking. I’ll leave this postContinue reading “Steiner on life (part II) – Beholding judgement”

What is the spiritual?

Spiritual science obviously explores the spiritual, so it’s only natural that we know what the subject matter is, if we’re to treat it in a scientific way. In a deeper sense though, spiritual science explores man’s relationship to the world, or the relationship of the spiritual in man to the spiritual in the world. It’sContinue reading “What is the spiritual?”

Steiner on thinking (Part II)

In the last post, I pointed out that Steiner saw a seeminingly subjective element in our thinking activity, and this post will explore how he deals with this problem. * Steiner finds that this misconception (that thinking is something subjective) rests on the fact that we confuse two different things with each other: the theaterContinue reading “Steiner on thinking (Part II)”

Steiner on thinking (Part I)

Having gained a rudimentary understanding of Steiner’s understanding of experience, we can now turn our attention towards his understanding of thinking. Steiner pointed out that in pure experience there is a seeming manifold of sensible qualities, thoughts and feelings. Thoughts however bring us out of this disconnected chaos of experiences. As experiences they themselves transform experience. HeContinue reading “Steiner on thinking (Part I)”

Steiner on experience (Part IV)

I’m at the fourth and final part about Steiner’s views on experience, . Here’s a link to the first post (click here). Steiner says that naive realism is the point of view from which we all start, and that it therefore is the best point of departure for a theory of knowledge. We all start outContinue reading “Steiner on experience (Part IV)”

Steiner on experience (Part III)

Last week I looked at Steiner’s critique of Kant’s assumptions about experience, namely that we can’t gain certain knowledge from it. This post will focus on Steiner’s critique of the philosophical positions that followed Kant, where experience was considered to be something entirely subjective, having nothing at all to do with the external world. InContinue reading “Steiner on experience (Part III)”

Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part II)

Last week I looked at Steiner’s views on experience (Part I, click here) in his book The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception. His main concern was to find a starting point for epistemology that was free of assumptions. This post will be a kind of prelude to Steiner’s discussion of experience in TruthContinue reading “Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part II)”

Doing research

I’ve always thought of Steiner’s book Goethean Science as a book on Goethe’s morphology, but it does contain the essential structure of Steiner’s epistemology which he’s going to get back to in many different shapes. It’s interesting that he mentions views here that will be important for his dissertation, but to which he pays noContinue reading “Doing research”

Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part I)

Steiner’s understanding of experience and thinking are obviously essential to understanding his epistemology. In the following I’ll be looking at Steiner’s understanding of experience in The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception and Truth and Knowledge. Part I will deal with the concept of experience in his first book, Part II with his critiqueContinue reading “Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part I)”