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Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814) was the founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, a branch of thought which grew out of Kant's critical philosophy. Fichte's work formed the crucial link between eighteenth-century Enlightenment thought and philosophical, as well as literary, Romanticism. Some of his ideas also foreshadow later nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in philosophy and in political thought, including existentialism, nationalism and socialism. This volume offers essays on all the major aspects of Fichte's philosophy, ranging from the successive versions of his foundational philosophical science or Wissenschaftslehre, through his ethical and political thought, to his philosophies of history and religion. All the main stages of Fichte's philosophical career and development are charted, and his ideas are placed in their historical and intellectual context. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Fichte currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Fichte.

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The System of Ethics, trans. Breazeale Daniel and Zöller Günter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
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Vocation of Man, trans. Preuss Peter (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1987).
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The Closed Commercial State, trans. Adler Anthony Curtis (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2012).
The Science of Knowing: J. G. Fichte’s 1804 Lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre, trans. Wright Walter E. (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2005).
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Breazeale Daniel and Rockmore Tom (eds.), Fichte: Historical Context/Contemporary Controversies (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1994).
Breazeale Daniel and Rockmore Tom (eds.), New Essays on Fichte’s Later Jena Wissenschaftslehre (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2002).
Breazeale Daniel and Rockmore Tom (eds.), Rights, Bodies and Recognition: New Essays on Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006).
Breazeale Daniel and Rockmore Tom (eds.), Fichte, German Idealism, and Early Romanticism (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010).
Breazeale Daniel and Rockmore Tom (eds.), Fichte’s Vocation of Man: New Interpretative and Critical Essays (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013).
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Gottlieb Gabriel (ed.), Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Gueroult Martial, L’évolution et la structure de la doctrine de la science chez Fichte, 2 vols. (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1930; reprint Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2013).
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James David, Fichte’s Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
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James David, Fichte’s Republic: Idealism, History and Nationalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
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Neuhouser Frederick, Fichte’s Theory of Subjectivity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990).
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Wood Allen W., Fichte’s Ethical Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
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Zöller Günter, Fichte lesen (Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2014).


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