Fichte: Addresses to the German Nation [NOOK Book]

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This is the first translation of Fichte's addresses to the German nation for almost 100 years. The series of 14 speeches, delivered whilst Berlin was under French occupation after Prussia's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Jena in 1806, is widely regarded as a founding document of German nationalism, celebrated and reviled in equal measure. Fichte's account of the distinctiveness of the German people and his belief in the native superiority of its culture helped to shape German national identity throughout the ...
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Overview

This is the first translation of Fichte's addresses to the German nation for almost 100 years. The series of 14 speeches, delivered whilst Berlin was under French occupation after Prussia's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Jena in 1806, is widely regarded as a founding document of German nationalism, celebrated and reviled in equal measure. Fichte's account of the distinctiveness of the German people and his belief in the native superiority of its culture helped to shape German national identity throughout the nineteenth century and beyond. With an extensive introduction that puts Fichte's argument in its intellectual and historical context, this edition brings an important and seminal work to a modern readership. All of the usual series features are provided, including notes for further reading, chronology, and brief biographies of key individuals.
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Gregory Moore is lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews. He previously taught at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, and was Junior Research fellow at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. He is Secretary of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society.

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Table of Contents

Chronology

Note on the text and translation

Suggestions for further reading

Abbreviations

Addresses to the German Nation

1 Preliminary remarks and overview 9

2 On the nature of the new education in general 22

3 Description of the new education - continued 35

4 The principal difference between the Germans and other peoples of Teutonic descent 47

5 Consequences of the difference that has been advanced 60

6 Exposition of German characteristics in history 73

7 A yet deeper understanding of the originality and Germanness of a people 85

8 What a people is in the higher sense of the word and what is love of fatherland 100

9 At what point existing in reality the new national education of the Germans will begin 115

10 Towards a more exact definition of the German national education 128

11 On whom the execution of this plan of education will devolve 141

12 On the means of maintaining ourselves until we achieve our principal purpose 154

13 Continuation of the reflections already begun 166

14 Conclusion of the whole 183

Glossary 197

Index 199

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