Fichte: Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation

Fichte: Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation

ISBN-10:
0521112796
ISBN-13:
9780521112796
Pub. Date:
01/31/2010
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Fichte: Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation

The main objective of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy is to expand the range, variety, and quality of texts in the history of philosophy which are available in English. The series includes texts by familiar names (such as Descartes and Kant) and also by less well-known authors. Wherever possible, texts are published in complete and unabridged form, and translations are specially commissioned for the series. Each volume contains a critical introduction together with a guide to further reading and any necessary glossaries and textual apparatus. The volumes are designed for student use at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will be of interest not only to students of philosophy but also to a wider audience of readers in the history of science, the history of theology, and the history of ideas.

The Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation (1792) was the first published work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814), the founder of the German idealist movement in philosophy. It pre-dated the system of philosophy which Fichte developed during his years in Jena, and for that reason - and possibly also because of its religious orientation - later commentators have tended to overlook the work in their treatments of Fichte's philosophy. It is, however, already representative of the most interesting aspects of Fichte's thought. It displays an affinity with his later moral psychology, introduces (in theological form) Fichte's distinctively "second-person" conception of moral requirements, and employs the "synthetic method" which is crucial to the transcendental systems Fichte developed during his Jena period. This volume offers a clear and accessible translation of the work by Garrett Green, while an introduction by Allen Wood sets the work in its historical and philosophical contexts.

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ISBN-13: 9780521112796
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2010
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Garrett Green is the Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Connecticut College. His previous publications include Theology, Hermeneutics and Imagination: The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity (2000) and Imagining God: Theology and the Religious Imagination (1989). He previously edited and translated Karl Barth� On Religion: The Revelation of God as the Sublimation of Religion (2006).

Allen Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and Indiana University. His previous publications include Kantian Ethics (Cambridge, 2008), Unsettling Obligations: Essays on Reason, Reality and the Ethics of Belief (2002) and Hegel� Ethical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xxix

Further reading xxxi

Note on the text and translation xxxiii

Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation 1

Dedication 1

Preface to the first edition 3

Preface to the second edition 5

?1 Introduction 7

?2 Theory of the will in preparation for a deduction of religion in general 9

?3 Deduction of religion in general 29

?4 Division of religion in general into natural and revealed 45

?5 Formal discussion of the concept of revelation in preparation for a material discussion of it 51

?6 Material discussion of the concept of revelation in preparation for a deduction of it 60

?7 Deduction of the concept of revelation from a priori principles of pure reason 64

?8 The possibility of the empirical datum presupposed in the concept of revelation 69

?9 The physical possibility of a revelation 87

?10 Criteria of the divinity of a revelation according to its form 92

?11 Criteria of the divinity of a revelation with regard to its possible content (materiæ revelationis) 96

?12 Criteria of the divinity of a revelation with regard to the possible presentation of this content 108

?13 Systematic order of these criteria 115

?14 The possibility of receiving a given appearance as divine revelation 118

?15 General overview of this critique 131

Concluding remark 134

Appendix: passages omitted in the second edition 142

Glossary 150

Index 153

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