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Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right
A Critical Guide

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Gabriel Gottlieb, Angelica Nuzzo, Frederick Neuhouser, James A. Clarke, Allen W. Wood, Paul Franks, John Russon, Wayne Martin, David James, Michael Nance, Dean Moyar, Jean-Christophe Merle
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  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107435070

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  • Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right (1796/97) was one of the most influential books in nineteenth-century philosophy. It was read carefully by Schelling, Hegel, and Marx, and initiated a tradition in German philosophy that considers human subjectivity to be relational and intersubjective, thus requiring relations of recognition between subjects. The essays in this volume highlight this little-understood book's most important ideas and innovations. They offer discussions of Fichte's conception of freedom, self-consciousness, coercion, the summons, the body, and human rights, together with new analyses of his deduction of right, his views on the social contract, and his arguments for the separation of right from morality. The essays expand and deepen ongoing debates in the scholarship and chart new avenues of thought about Fichte's most enduring work of political philosophy. They will be essential reading for students and scholars of German Idealism, nineteenth-century philosophy, and the history of political thought.

    • Deepens understanding of and provides new perspectives on Fichte's main concepts
    • Will appeal to readers interested in classical topics in political philosophy (social contract, property, and state legitimacy)
    • Demonstrates the importance of Fichte's thought in its own right, independent of his relationship to Kant and Hegel
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In my judgment, this is the best volume of essays on Fichte (and certainly on Fichte's political philosophy) to have appeared in any language."
    Jeffery Kinlaw, McMurry University, Texas

    'This excellent collection features consistently illuminating and often groundbreaking work on issues raised by Fichte’s philosophy of right. All twelve chapters make new contributions to specialized debates. Most will be accessible to nonspecialists nonetheless, and many will richly repay careful consideration by readers interested in Fichte, post-Kantian political theory, or classic debates about rights and the state.' Steven Hoeltzel, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107435070
    • dimensions: 270 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Gabriel Gottlieb
    1. Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right and its relation to Kant Angelica Nuzzo
    2. Fichte's separation of right from morality Frederick Neuhouser
    3. Fichte's independence thesis James A. Clarke
    4. Deduction of the summons and the existence of other rational beings Allen W. Wood
    5. Fichte's Kabbalistic realism: summons as ẓimẓum Paul Franks
    6. Fichte's developmental view of self-consciousness Gabriel Gottlieb
    7. The body as site of action and intersubjectivity in Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right John Russon
    8. Fichte's transcendental deduction of private property Wayne Martin
    9. Fichte on personal freedom and the freedom of others David James
    10. Freedom, coercion, and the relation of right Michael Nance
    11. Fichte's organic unification: recognition and the self-overcoming of social contract theory Dean Moyar
    12. Fichte and human rights Jean-Christophe Merle.

  • Editor

    Gabriel Gottlieb, Xavier University, Ohio
    Gabriel Gottlieb is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University, Ohio. He is the author of a number of articles on Fichte in publications including The Nineteenth Century Philosophy Reader (2015).


    Gabriel Gottlieb, Angelica Nuzzo, Frederick Neuhouser, James A. Clarke, Allen W. Wood, Paul Franks, John Russon, Wayne Martin, David James, Michael Nance, Dean Moyar, Jean-Christophe Merle

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