Fichte's Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue

Fichte's Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue

by David James
ISBN-10:
1107001552
ISBN-13:
9781107001558
Pub. Date:
02/28/2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Fichte's Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue

In this study of Fichte's social and political philosophy, David James offers an interpretation of Fichte's most famous writings in this area, including his Foundations of Natural Right and Addresses to the German Nation, centred on two main themes: property and virtue. These themes provide the basis for a discussion of such issues as what it means to guarantee the freedom of all the citizens of a state, the problem of unequal relations of economic dependence between states, and the differences and connections between the legal and political sphere of right and morality. James also relates Fichte's central social and political ideas to those of other important figures in the history of philosophy, including Locke, Kant and Hegel, as well as to the radical phase of the French Revolution. His account will be of importance to all who are interested in Fichte's philosophy and its intellectual and political context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107001558
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David James is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Table of Contents

1. Fichte's theory of property; 2. Applying the concept of right: Fichte and Babeuf; 3. Fichte's reappraisal of Kant's theory of cosmopolitan right; 4. The relation of right to morality in Fichte's Jena theory of the state and society; 5. The role of virtue in the Addresses to the German Nation.

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