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Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre of 1794

A Commentary on Part 1

by George Seidel

Publication Year: 1993

Seidel presents the English and German text of part 1 of the Wissenscbaftsiebre, followed by a commentary on the text. The work concludes with a summary of parts 2 and 3 of the Wissenscbafislebre. An annotated bibliography surveys the important literature on the philosopher.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: History of Philosophy


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Title Page, Copyright

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p. v

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p. vii

The basis for this commentary on part 1 of the Wissenschaftslehre is the fine translation first published in 1970 by Peter Heath and John Lachs. The complete text of the Wissenschaftslehre, along with the First and Second Introductions, was reissued in 1982 by Cambridge University Press. I wish to thank Cambridge University Press for ...


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p. ix

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PART ONE: Introduction

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pp. 1-17

In 1798 in the Athenaeum, the literary organ of the early German romantics, Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829) published the following fragment: "The French Revolution, Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre and Goethe's Meister are the most important trend-setting events (Tendenzen) of the age."1 ...

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PART TWO: Text and Commentary

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pp. 18-101

In Fichte the necessity of searching for such a single, originary and absolutely unconditioned first principle was given impetus by Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1758-1823) (cf. Daniel Breazeale, "Between Kant and Fichte," 785-821). Such an absolutely first principle can be neither proved nor defined. For example, it is impossible to prove ...

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PART THREE: Reflections on Parts 2 and 3 of the Wissenschaftslehre

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pp. 102-118

At the very beginning of part 2 of the Wissenschaftslehre, Fichte remarks that with the completion of part 1, and with it the establishment of the fundamental synthesis of self and non-self, the formal validity of his exercise in reflection is complete and the ground laid for the content (Gehalt) of every other possible synthesis. It may ...


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pp. 119-124


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pp. 125-126

E-ISBN-13: 9781612490427
E-ISBN-10: 1612490425
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557530172
Print-ISBN-10: 1557530173

Page Count: 130
Publication Year: 1993

Series Title: History of Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: Adriaan Peperzak See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 623341587
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  • Fichte, Johann Gottlieb, 1762-1814. Grundlage der gesamten Wissenschaftslehre.
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