Some remarks on the Technique of Similarity and Difference in Imaginative Knowledge

It is important to remember that when we speak of supersensible experiences, it really just relates to anything that transcends the realm of our five classical senses. In anthroposophical methodology these are usually thinking, feeling, and willing. What is important is that the way we think about these kinds of experiences must be akin toContinue reading “Some remarks on the Technique of Similarity and Difference in Imaginative Knowledge”

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”

#1: Ariadne’s thread

(Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0) The human soul is the gateway to the spiritual world. There is really no one we can call upon to find the way to the spiritual except for ourselves. For my own part that search resonnated with the work (parts at least) of Rudolf Steiner. The need for something spiritual inContinue reading “#1: Ariadne’s thread”

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)”