Fichte: The Self and the Calling of Philosophy, 1762-1799

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"A thematic biography of the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte from birth to his resignation from his university position at Jena in 1799 due to the Atheism Conflict, this work explains how Fichte contributed to modern conceptions of selfhood; how he sought to make the moral agency of the self efficacious in a modern public culture; and the critical role he assigned philosophy in the construal and assertion of selfhood and in the creation of a new public sphere. Using the writings and private papers now available in the Gesamtausgabe, the study historicizes these themes by tracing their development within several contexts, including the German Lutheran tradition, the eighteenth-century culture of sensibility, the late Enlightenment, the Kantian philosophical revolution, the politics of the revolutionary era, and the emergence of modern German universities. It includes a reinterpretation of Fichte's political theory and philosophy of law, his antisemitism, and his controversial views on gender and marriage."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Anthony La Vopa's biography of the young Fichte is a compelling exploration of the intellectual life and work of a controversial and important German philosopher, but it is much more than that.... La Vopa is a scholar of the eighteenth century, and Fichte provides an excellent opportunity to explore some of the constitutive themes of eighteenth-century Germany.... [The book] provides a new assessment of the formative forces behind and in Fichte's philosophical projects; it opens interesting venues into the study of eighteenth-century German society, and finally, it invites us to rethink the use of biography and historicism as forms and methodologies of historical writing." German Studies Review

"Outstanding" Central European History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521124249
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Wanderjahre: 1. Alienation; 2. The road to Kant; 3. The German machine; 4. Revolution: the popular tribune; 5. Jews, Christians, and freethinkers; 6. Love and marriage; Part II. The Jena Years: 7. The self and the mission of philosophy; 8. The politics of celebrity; 9. Philosophy and the graces; 10. Law, freedom, and authority; 11. Men and women; 12. The atheism conflict: reason and the absolute; 13. The atheism conflict: selfhood, character, and the public; Conclusion.

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