Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity / Edition 1

Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity / Edition 1

by Frederick Neuhouser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521399386

ISBN-13: 9780521399388

Pub. Date: 10/28/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first book in English to elucidate the central issues in the work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814), a figure crucial to the movement of philosophy from Kant to German idealism. The book explains Fichte's notion of subjectivity and how his particular view developed out of Kant's accounts of theoretical and practical reason. Fichte argued that the

Overview

This is the first book in English to elucidate the central issues in the work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814), a figure crucial to the movement of philosophy from Kant to German idealism. The book explains Fichte's notion of subjectivity and how his particular view developed out of Kant's accounts of theoretical and practical reason. Fichte argued that the subject has a self-positing structure which distinguishes it from a thing or an object. Thus, the subject must be understood as an activity rather than a thing and is self-constituting in a way that an object is not. In the final chapter, Professor Neuhouser considers how this doctrine of the self-positing subject enables us to understand the possibility of the self's autonomy, or self-determination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521399388
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Series:
Modern European Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Origins of Fichte's theory; 2. The developments of Fichte's project from 1792 to 1799; 3. The self-positing subject and theoretical self-consciousness; 4. The self-positing subject and practical self-determination; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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