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After Jena

New Essays on Fichte's Later Philosophy

Rockmore and Breazeale

Publication Year: 2008

The career of J. G. Fichte, a central figure in German idealism and in the history of philosophy, divides into two distinct phases: the first period, in which he occupied the chair of critical philosophy at the University of Jena (1794 1799); and the following period, after he left Jena for Berlin. Due in part to the inaccessibility of the German texts, Fichte scholarship in the English speaking world has tended to focus on the Jena period, neglecting the development of this major thinker's mature development. The essays collected in this book begin to correct this imbalance. Concerned in a variety of ways with Fichte's post Jena philosophy, these essays by distinguished and emerging scholars demonstrate the depth and breadth of Fichte scholarship being done in English.

Published by: Northwestern University Press


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-xi

In recent years, attention has increasingly been paid to the writings of the German idealist philosopher J. G. Fichte, a central figure in German idealism and one of the small number of truly significant philosophical...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Toward a Wissenschaftslehre more geometrico (1800-1801)

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pp. 3-40

The issue of the development of Fichte's philosophy–sometimes referred to as the problem of the "unity of the Wissenschaftslehren–has long been central to Fichte studies. Even during his own lifetime, Fichte had to respond to charge--notably Schelling's–that he had abandoned the...

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Structures of Imagination in Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre 1794-1795 and 1804

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pp. 41-50

At the beginning of the second series of lectures of the Wissenschaftslehre of 1804, Fichte announces that he aims to argue for the intrinsic unity of being and thinking, and moreover, for the unity of the three principles of...

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Thinking and Willing in the Later Fichte

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pp. 51-66

Fichte understood his work on the ground and the forms of knowledge (Wissen) as such, which he undertook during some twenty years of thinking, teaching, and publishing under the project title Wissenschaftslehre, as...

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Toward or Away from Schelling?: On the Thematic Shift in Fichte's Later Philosophy

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pp. 67-80

Some time between the spring of 1799, when he presented the last of his lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre nova methodo in Jena, and the end of 1801, when he began a new lecture series on the Wissenschaftslehre in Berlin, Fichte seems to have somehow shifted from one theoretical standpoint on

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Fichte's Reaction to Schelling's Identity Philosophy in 1806

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pp. 81-90

When Fichte was about to embark on lectures at Erlangen in the summer of 1806, he wrote to various state ministers promising a publication that would address the contemporary state of philosophy in southern Germany....

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The Light That Lights the Seeing of the Light: The Second Wissenschaftslehre of 1804

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pp. 91-98

It was fortunate that I had earlier worked on Fichte's 1806 Anweisung zum seligen Leben,1 for which the Zweiter Vortrag of the Wissenschftslehre of 1804 might be seen as the theoretical preparation. Though it would doubtless...

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After Jena: Fichte's Religionslehre

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pp. 99-114

In the winter of 1805-6, Fichte delivered a series of lectures titled Die Anweisung zum seligen Leben oder auch der Religionslehre (henceforth, Religionslehre). In the "Preface" to the Religionslehre, he asserts:...

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Fichte's Conception of the System of Philosophy in Die Anweisungzum seligen Leben

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pp. 115-130

It is certainly true that in past and current research, Fichte's Anweisung zum seligen Leben oder auch die Religionslehre (Guide to the Blessed Life, or the Doctrine of Religion), published in 1806, has not received the attention it deserves. 1 One of the major reasons for this might be that Fichte himself labeled...

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How Not to Read Fichte's Anweisung zum seligen Leben (1806): Against the Mystical Reading

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pp. 131-150

Die Anweisung zum seligen Leben, a series of lectures delivered by J. G. Fichte during the 1805&ndash6 winter semester in Berlin, is a work largely ignored by Anglo-American scholarship1 Those who do address this work...

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The Notion of Being in Fichte's Late Philosophy

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pp. 151-161

Transcendental philosophy and metaphysics may be contrasted in various ways. One might say, for example, that transcendental philosophy in the Kantian sense is a philosophy of subjectivity or of the I, whereas metaphysics...

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Fall and Freedom: A Comparison of Fichte's and Saint Paul's Understandings of Original Sin

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pp. 162-182

...Varying a famous quote of Fichte, Peter Koslowski has argued that one could categorize a particular philosopher's philosophy by analyzing his understanding of the doctrine of original sin. Koslowski argues as follows...

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Fichte and the Ursprache

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pp. 183-197

During the winter of 1807–8, Fichte delivered a series of lectures, Addresses to the German Nation, that were intended to inspire the German people to struggle against the tyranny of French occupation. In these lectures...

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"The Logic of Historical Truth": History and Individuality in Fichte's Later Philosophy of History

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pp. 198-219

In his 1902 dissertation Fichtes Idealismus und die Geschichte, Emil Lask, one of the most brilliant of Heinrich Rickert's students, assumes the problem of irrationality as the guiding principle for his analysis of the development of German idealism in general and of Fichte's philosophy in...

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Fichte on Knowledge, Practice, and History

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pp. 220-236

After he left Jena, Fichte deepened and developed his interest in history as part of his distinctive approach to knowledge. It has too often been said that Fichte wanted to perfect Kantianism without understanding the...


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pp. 237-239

E-ISBN-13: 9780810165991
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810124073

Page Count: 252
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1