Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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p. v

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PREFACE

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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 ...

ABBREVIATIONS

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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 ...

SELECT AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 119-124

INDEX

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pp. 125-126