--- In email@example.com
> Joel wrote to Steve: "I asked questions in order to clarify whether
> or not I had properly understood you".
> Joel, I think it was perfectly clear in your mind from the getgo
> Steve had no idea what he was talking about with that business about
> POF "metamorphosing" into Theosophy. The former is epistomological
> the latter isn't. Steiner repeatedly pointed out that POF was his
> most important work and will continue to be into the future...that
> simply true and that ought to be the end of it for anyone who has
> studied Steiner.
> It seems to me that credence must be given by any intelligent person
> to all that Steiner had to say about ultimate reality for the very
> fact that he wrote POF, "Truth and Knowledge" and "A Theory of
> Knowledge Implicit...". Studying them, one can verify the truth of
> what he has to say through one's own thinking. One verifies to
> oneself the truth of Anthroposophy. Without epistomology there is
> spiritual science,eh?...regards, G.
From the Prefaces to the First,
Second, and Third Editions
The purpose of this book is to give a description of some of the
regions of the supersensible world. The reader who is only willing to
admit the existence of the sensible world will look upon this
description as merely an unreal production of the imagination.
Whoever looks for paths that lead beyond this world of the senses,
however, will soon learn to understand that human life only gains in
worth and significance through insight into another world. He will
not, as many fear, be estranged from the "real" world through this
new power of vision because only through it does he learn to stand
securely and firmly in this life and learns to know the causes of
life. Without this power of vision he gropes like a blind man through
their effects. Only through the understanding of the supersensible
does the sensible "real" acquire meaning. A man therefore becomes
more and not less fit for life through this understanding. Only he
who understands life can become a truly practical man.
The author of this book describes nothing to which he cannot bear
witness from experience the kind of experience that belongs to
these regions. Nothing will be described here that has not been
personally experienced in this sense.
This book cannot be read in the customary manner of the present day.
In certain respects every page, and even many sentences, will have to
be worked out by the reader. This has been aimed at intentionally
because only in this way can the book become to the reader what it
ought to be. The one who merely reads it through will not have read
it at all. Its truths must be experienced, lived. Only in this sense
has spiritual science any value.
The book cannot be judged from the standpoint of science if the point
of view adopted in forming such a judgment is not gained from the
book itself. If the critic will adopt this point of view, he will
certainly see that the presentation of the facts given in this book
will in no way conflict with truly scientific methods. The author is
satisfied that he has taken care not to come into conflict with his
own scientific scrupulousness even by a single word.
Those who feel more drawn to another method of searching after the
truths here set forth will find such a method in my Philosophy of
Freedom. The lines of thought taken in these two books, though
different, lead to the same goal. For the understanding of the one,
the other is by no means necessary, although undoubtedly helpful to