By Tom Rockmore, Daniel Breazeale
The profession of J. G. Fichte, a important determine in German idealism and within the historical past of philosophy, divides into designated stages: the 1st interval, during which he occupied the chair of severe philosophy on the college of Jena (1794-1799); and the next interval, after he left Jena for Berlin. Due partly to the inaccessibility of the German texts, Fichte scholarship within the English-speaking global has tended to target the Jena interval, neglecting the advance of this significant thinker's mature improvement. The essays amassed during this booklet start to right this imbalance. involved in a number of methods with Fichte's post-Jena philosophy, those essays by means of special and rising students reveal the intensity and breadth of Fichte scholarship being performed in English.
With an creation that locates the essays in philosophical and historic phrases, the ebook divides into 3 similar different types: Fichte’s improvement, his view of faith, and different features of his "popular" (or not-so-popular) philosophy. From a variety of views, the essays convey how Fichte’s later improvement displays the philosophical matters of his time, the categorical debates during which he engaged, and the complicated occasions of his philosophical career.
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When subscription fell short of expectations, however, Fichte and Cotta agreed to postpone publication until some unspecified later date. ) Finally, in a letter of February 14, 1801, to Cotta, Fichte announced that he had stopped working on the Neue Bearbeitung in order to devote his tinle to two other projects, the Antwortschreiben an Reinhold and the polemic against Nicolai. 55. Between 1796 and 1799 Fichte lectured three times on the WissenschaJtslehre nova methodo. For details concerning these lectures and the relationship between his own (lost) nlanuscript(s) and the various student transcriptions of his lectures, see the editor's introduction to FTP.
Darin liegt die historische Bedeutung dieser Darstellung. satzes geben haben konnten" (Koch, Fichtes Theone des Selbstbewufltseins, 289-90). 58. It is here, for example, that Fichte develops the famous analogy between an "explanation" or "deduction" of a clock and the clock itself, in order thereby to illustrate the difference between his ovvn philosophical "construction"-or "reconstruction"-of reality and reality itself. (See the first, second, and fifth lessons of Sonnenklarer Bencht, esp. ) Notice, however, that even here Fichte remains somewhat ambivalent on this question and, in the Sixth Lesson, cannot resist adding that the deepest "Tendenz" of his philosophy not only grows directly out of but also aims at improving life.
This confusion is directly addressed in Sonnenklarer Bericht, which was completed after Fichte's break with Schlegel in thefall of 1800. " 60. 5:334: "The reader is here invited to engage in a completely free act of thinking. , in life. " 61. 5:331. 7:300-301). 62. 5:334-35. 63. 5:333. 7:222: "Here we are not concerned with the discovery of some- thing already finished, but rather with the discovery of something that first has to be produced by a free act of thinking. " 64. 7:187-89, 221-22, 225, and 262.