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Fichte's System of Ethics
A Critical Guide

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Stefano Bacin, Owen Ware, Allen W. Wood, Benjamin Crowe, Ulrich Schlösser, Daniel Breazeale, Dean Moyar, David James, Angelica Nuzzo, Luca Fonnesu
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  • Date Published: May 2021
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  • The System of Ethics was published at the height of Fichte's academic career and marks the culmination of his philosophical development in Jena. Much more than a treatise on ethics narrowly construed, the System of Ethics presents a unified synthesis of Fichte's core philosophical ideas, including the principle I-hood, self-activity and self-consciousness, and also contains his most detailed treatment of action and agency. This volume brings together an international group of leading scholars on Fichte, and is the first of its kind in English to offer critical and interpretive perspectives on this work, covering topics such as normativity, belief, justification, desire, duty, and the ethical life. It will be an essential guide for scholars wanting to deepen their understanding of Fichte's ethical thought, as well as for those interested in the history of ethics more broadly.

    • Contains ten essays from an international group of leading Fichte scholars
    • Sheds light on the path from Kant to Hegel by taking Fichte's largely neglected work seriously
    • Contributes to a rising wave of interest in Fichte, especially his ethical thought
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    • Date Published: May 2021
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108575430
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stefano Bacin and Owen Ware
    1. Fichte's Ethics as Kantian Ethics Allen W. Wood
    2. Fichte on Normativity in the Late Jena Period (1796–99) Benjamin Crowe
    3. Fichte on Autonomy Ulrich Schlösser
    4. Feeling, Drive, and the Lower Capacity of Desire Owen Ware
    5. Fichte and the Path from 'Formal' to 'Material' Freedom Daniel Breazeale
    6. Fichte on the Content of Conscience Dean Moyar
    7. Fichte's Theory of Moral Evil David James
    8. Embodiment and Freedom – Fichte 'On the Material of the Ethical Law' Angelica Nuzzo
    9. Ethics as Theory of Society: Morality and Ethical Life in Fichte's System of Ethics Luca Fonnesu
    10. My Duties and the Morality of Others: Lying, Truth, and the Good Example in Fichte's Normative Perfectionism Stefano Bacin.

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    Stefano Bacin, Universitá di Milano
    Stefano Bacin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Milan. He is the author of Il senso dell'etica. Kant e la costruzione di una teoria morale (2006) and Fichte in Schulpforta (1774-1780) (2007). He is co-editor of a three-volume Kant-Lexikon (with Marcus Willaschek, Georg Mohr and Jürgen Stolzenberg, 2015) and The Emergence of Autonomy in Kant's Moral Philosophy (with Oliver Sensen, Cambridge, 2019).

    Owen Ware, University of Toronto
    Owen Ware is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Kant's Justification of Ethics (forthcoming), and Fichte's Moral Philosophy (2020), and has written numerous articles on Fichte and Kant in journals such as the European Journal of Philosophy and Mind.

    Contributors

    Stefano Bacin, Owen Ware, Allen W. Wood, Benjamin Crowe, Ulrich Schlösser, Daniel Breazeale, Dean Moyar, David James, Angelica Nuzzo, Luca Fonnesu

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