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The Cambridge Companion to Fichte


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Günter Zöller, Wayne M. Martin, Frederick Beiser, Christian Klotz, Daniel Breazeale, Allen W. Wood, Jean-Christophe Merle, Ives Radrizzani, Alexander Aichele, Hansjürgen Verweyen, Elizabeth Millán, Sebastian Gardner, David James, Paul Franks
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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521472265

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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.

    • A systematic exploration of Fichte's philosophical thought, broken down into a wide range of topics
    • Places Fichte's work in its historical context as well as investigating its influence on later thought
    • Brings to light the breadth, depth and significance of Fichte's contributions to philosophy and other disciplines
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    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521472265
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Günter Zöller
    1. From Kant to Fichte Wayne M. Martin
    2. Fichte and the French Revolution Frederick Beiser
    3. Fichte's explanation of the dynamic structure of consciousness in the 1794–5 Wissenschaftslehre Christian Klotz
    4. The Wissenschaftslehre of 1796–9 (nova methodo) Daniel Breazeale
    5. Fichte's later presentations of the Wissenschaftslehre Günter Zöller
    6. Fichte's philosophy of right and ethics Allen W. Wood
    7. Fichte's political economy and his theory of property Jean-Christophe Merle
    8. The Wissenschaftslehre and historical engagement Ives Radrizzani
    9. Ending individuality: the mission of a nation in Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation Alexander Aichele
    10. Fichte's philosophy of religion Hansjürgen Verweyen
    11. Fichte and the development of early German romantic philosophy Elizabeth Millán
    12. Fichte and Schelling: the limitations of the Wissenschaftslehre Sebastian Gardner
    13. Fichte and Hegel on recognition and slavery David James
    14. Fichte's position: anti-subjectivism, self-awareness and self-location in the space of reasons Paul Franks

  • Editors

    David James, University of Warwick
    David James is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His previous publications include Fichte's Republic: Idealism, History and Nationalism (Cambridge, 2015), Rousseau and German Idealism: Freedom, Dependence and Necessity (Cambridge, 2013) and Fichte's Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue (Cambridge, 2011).

    Günter Zöller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    Günter Zöller is Professor of Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen and is the author of numerous works on Fichte, including Fichte's Transcendental Philosophy (Cambridge, 1998), Fichte lesen (2013) and Res Publica: Plato's Republic in Classical German Philosophy (2015). He is also the co-editor and co-translator of Fichte's The System of Ethics (Cambridge, 2005).


    Günter Zöller, Wayne M. Martin, Frederick Beiser, Christian Klotz, Daniel Breazeale, Allen W. Wood, Jean-Christophe Merle, Ives Radrizzani, Alexander Aichele, Hansjürgen Verweyen, Elizabeth Millán, Sebastian Gardner, David James, Paul Franks

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