Fichte's Transcendental Philosophy

Fichte's Transcendental Philosophy : The Original Duplicity of Intelligence and Will

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This is the first book in English on the major works of the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814). It examines the transcendental theory of self and world from the writings of Fichte's most influential period (1794-1800), and considers in detail recently discovered lectures on the Foundations of Transcendental Philosophy. At the center of that body of work stands Fichte's attempt to integrate the theories of volition and cognition into a unified but complex 'system of freedom'. The focus of this book is the intricate interplay between thinking and willing in the birth of experience out of the spirit of freedom. Combining incomparable erudition, sensitive readings of some of the most difficult of philosophical texts, clarity in exposition and an acute awareness of historical context this book takes its place as the ideal introduction to Fichte's thought.show more

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"This book is a welcome addition to recent work in English on Fichte, work that seeks to recover and to examine Fichte's contributions to European philosophy." William F. Bristow, Ethics "...Zoeller's sympathetic reading of Fichte brings new unity to an understanding of his thought." Elizabeth Millian-Zaibert, Philosophy in Review "...Zoller has written a substantial and timel treatment of a very important subject." Fred L. Rush, Jr., Review of Metaphysicsshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Method of citation for Fichte's and Kant's works; Key to Fichte's works cited; Introduction; Part I. Thinking about Thinking: 1. Completing Kant's transcendental idealism; 2. An eye for an I; Part II. Knowing and Doing: 3. Positing and determining; 4. Changing the appearance; Part III. Thinking and Willing: 5. Willing as thinking; 6. Ideal thinking and real thinking; Part IV. Pure Willing: 7. Determination to self-determination; 8. The unity of intelligence and will; Notes; Bibliography.show more