778Re: [steiner] Philosophy of Spiritual Activity, Ch. 7
- Dec 30, 2001Chap 7: Are there Limits to Human Knowledge
The fallacy of Inferred Reality
THINK OF HELEN KELLER, STUPID!!!
Hi everybody, sorry I'm chiming in late, but the
reality of my life blah blah blah.......
So here we go; This chapter is an attack on basically
the heart of any form of Dualism. I think I'll avoid
the details because they are right there in Steiner's
words and I'll probably get bogged down in them, but I
think I can express my take on the general attack (I
don't like that metaphor, so from here on it is a
Steiner says up front that anytime we separate the
unified reality of percept/concept into two distinct
spears our philosophizing becomes silly. In other
words, when we lose sight of the fact that reality is
the unified concept/percept through knowledge, we
begin to generate thoughts which no longer relate to
Nothing exists outside the realm of percept and
concept- except for fantastic theories.
Dualism can't find the bridge because it's far from
the abyss. The abyss, the knowledge-drama, confronts
the human soul the moment it recognizes its role in
creating reality. Dualism is too busy imagining a
non-existent reality (the thing-in-itself)to face the
true riddle. From one perspective Steiner is saying,
"There is no need for a bridge because there is no
division" The separation is an illusion which our
daily consciousness almost tricks us into. But if
we've been reading the book with our hearts open and
active, we can begin to experience the self-supporting
nature of Active thinking and how it relates to the
humanly constituted realm of passive perception AND we
experience the Fact that they are not two separate
realms in reality, only in our dreamy state of normal
We also get to read Steiner taking what could be
considered shots at the faith in the incarnation of
the Word and the belief in physical miracles.
Actually, he is doing no such thing- he's merely
pointing out that our NEED for reality to be PROVEN by
the senses could lead one to rely on such stories.
And in this chapter Steiner shows us how reality
should never be induced. Induction is fine as a tool,
but as as statement of fact it is misplaced. We
induce only after we leave the realm of percept and
concept. True reality must be experienced as the act
of unification. It can not be held onto as a mental
picture or set of beliefs. True reality is the Human
drama of knowing and this has as much to do with the
letting go of facts as the accumulation of them. In
this chapter Steiner is setting the stage to
demonstrate that Reality is an activity which is our
essence and should not be conceived as something
outside of this creative activity, this individual
And to anybody who can't get it through their thick
head that percepts only stimulate the process of
knowledge- they don't determine reality- just think of
Helen Keller. She was grasping reality much more
deeply that your average joe, yet she had four times,
less access to sense percepts...
I'd love to hear other expressions of this chapter.
He then shows how the essence of dualism evolves from
a mistaken naive realism.
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