Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812) (SUNY Series in by Johann Gottlieb Fichte

By Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Lectures from the past due interval of Fichte’s occupation, by no means sooner than on hand in English.

Translated right here for the 1st time into English, this article furnishes a brand new window into the ultimate part of Fichte's profession.

Delivered in the summertime of 1812 on the newly based collage of Berlin, Fichte's lectures on ethics discover a few of the key options and concerns in his evolving process of radical idealism. Addressing ethical conception, the idea of schooling, the philosophy of background, and the philosophy of faith, Fichte engages either without delay and ultimately with a few of his most crucial contemporaries and philosophical competitors, together with Kant, Schelling, and Hegel.

Benjamin D. Crowe s translation contains huge annotations and a German-English thesaurus. His advent situates the textual content systematically, traditionally, and institutionally inside of an period of cultural ferment and highbrow experimentation, and incorporates a bibliography of contemporary scholarship on Fichte s ethical thought and at the ultimate interval of his occupation.

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Partly in that [pure seeing] enters consciousness as this ground as such, {as} an objective intuition of the I, and partly in that it becomes an actual ground. ) An I has been discovered to be the stable, fixed life of the concept, the point of unification for its life. This is the genuine point of view for the theory of ethics. From now on {we must} therefore learn from and analyze the I that has been deduced and cognized from this point of view. (1) We have seen that the I possesses the concept, [which] is that which appears subjectively in it, and is the synthetic unity of a manifold through its mere being, to the extent that it is only the life of the concept.

5. HALLE: The concept of an end thus expresses the absolute being a ground of the intellectual with respect to the nonintellectual (IV/6, 92).

9. There is a close parallel here between Fichte’s distinction between these two standpoints and Kant’s conception of noumenal affection or causation. The latter had inspired debate ever since C. C. E. Schmid proposed “intelligible fatalism” as a solution to lingering problems in the Kantian theory. For recent discussions of these issues, see Allen Wood, “Kant’s Compatibilism,” in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason: Critical Essays, ed. Patricia Kitcher (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), 239–263; Michelle Kosch, Freedom and Reason in Kant, Schelling, and Kierkegaard (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006); and Christopher Insole, Kant and the Creation of Freedom (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013).

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