On the Nature of the Scholar, and Its Manifestations, Tr., with a Memoir of the Author by W. Smith

On the Nature of the Scholar, and Its Manifestations, Tr., with a Memoir of the Author by W. Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...note was sounded by the publication of an anonymous pamphlet, entitled "Letters of a Father to his Son on the Atheism of Fichte and Forberg," which was industriously and even gratuitously circulated throughout Germany. The first official proceeding was a decree of the Electoral Government, prohibiting the sale of the Philosophical Journal, and confiscating all copies of it found in the electorate. This was followed up by a requisition addressed to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, as the Conservator of the University of Jena, in which Fichte and Forberg were accused of " the coarsest atheism, openly opposed not only to the Christian, but even to natural, religion;"--and their severe punishment was demanded; failing which, it was threatened that the subjects of the Elector should be prohibited from resorting to the University. These proceedings were imitated by the other Protestant Courts of Germany, that of Prussia excepted. In answer to the official condemnation of his essay, Fichte sent forth his "Appeal to the Public against the accusation of Atheism," Jena 1799;--in which, with his accustomed boldness, he does not confine himself to the strict limits of self-defence, but exposes with no lenient hand the true cause which rendered him obnoxious to the Electoral Government, --not the atheism of which he was so absurdly accused, but the spirit of freedom and independence which his philosophy inculcated. He did not desire, he would not accept of any compromise;--he demanded a free acquittal, or a public condemnation. He adopted the same high tone in his defence before his own Government. The Court of Weimar had no desire to restrain the liberty of thought, or to erect any barrier against free speculation. It was too wise not to...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628349
  • 9781236628343