Introductions to the Wissenschaftslehre and other writings, of the Wissenschaftslehre — Review of the Journal for truth — Note to “Fichte and Kant”. Introductions to the Wissenschaftslehre and other writings, / J.G. Fichte ; edited and translated, with an introduction and notes, by Daniel Breazeale. Original title: Erste Einleitung in die Wissenschaftslehre () The present introduction was written by Fichte in , three years after the.

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Hence, even Critical Idealism can proceed in a twofold manner. Views Read Edit View history. During the Jena period Fichte also developed a system of natural right and ethics, providing for strong redistributive rights and responsibilities on the part of the state, with a view to insuring civil and economic equality of all citizens.

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Hence, if it is not to be so understood, the possibility of Philosophy, as we have described it, must be wissenscuaftslehre denied, and such a denial we have replied to in our first section. Following the completion of these projects, Fichte devoted his time in Zurich to rethinking and revising his own philosophical position.

Hence, that presupposition contains merely words, but there is no sense in it. Perhaps it may be proven after twenty years.

These men have only a desultory consciousness, linked together with the outward objects, and put together out of their manifoldness. Property and ValueCambridge: The dogmatist is in danger of losing his Self when his system is attacked; and yet he is not armed against this attack, because there is something within him which takes part with the aggressor; hence, he defends himself with bitterness and heat.

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Selected pages Title Page. Southern Illinois University Press. I should think not! In so far as Idealism makes this only reasonable and really explanatory presupposition of necessary laws of the Intelligence, it is called Critical or Transcendental Idealism. If he abstracts from inttroductions first, he retains an intelligence in itselfi.


From his wife, who was serving as a volunteer nurse in a Berlin military hospital, he contracted a fatal infection of which he died on January 29, This belief is produced by the effect of the Thing upon ourselves, and the determinations, which we deduced from freedom, are also produced by it. Hence, an Idealism of this character is unproven and unprovable.

Nobody, who but comprehends the word, will reply: Selected Texts and Correspondence —trans. On the contrary, the whole point of the former is to demonstrate the necessity and unavailability of the latter. Thus there are more than a dozen different full-scale presentations or versions of the Wissenschaftslehremost of which were written after introductoins departure from Jena.

Garrett Green, New York: At all events, he knows that nothing true and useful, which has once been given to mankind, is lost, though only remote posterity should learn how to use it. State University of New York Press. This entry has no external links. If persons of this mode of thinking see but a few links of the chain and the rule, according to which conclusions are drawn, they at once fill up the remaining part through their imagination, never investigating further of what they may consist.

This work was published before January 1,and is in the public domain worldwide because the wissenschaffslehre died at least years ago.

Introductions to the Wissenschaftslehre and Other Writings

Even as he was engaged in this immense theoretical labor, he also tried to address a larger, popular audience and also threw himself into various practical efforts to reform university life. True, the former system has the advantage, as we have already said, of being enabled to point out its explanatory ground of all experience—the free acting intelligence—as a fact of consciousness.

Watch headings for an “edit” link when available. This we have said merely to promote a clearer insight into the distinction between the two systems, but not to draw from it conclusions against the latter system.


For in this shape it is the most wonderful abortion ever created by human imagination, and it does little honor to its defenders that they do not perceive this. The condition becomes again conditioned, and its condition is next, to be discovered. But the composition of this Whole, the order of its arrangement, is produced by freedom. It can also be shown that this philosophy was accepted so greedily only because people thought it would put a stop to all serious speculation, and continue the era of shallow Empiricism.

To enter into argument with such a person is altogether superfluous.

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An invaluable research tool. The Representation thus becomes to them a sort of Thing of which we have divers examples in some of the most celebrated philosophical writers. The principle in question simply states that the essence of I-hood lies in the assertion of ones own self-identity, wissenschftslehre.

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At this point, the Prussian capital had no university of wsisenschaftslehre own, and Fichte was forced to support himself by giving private tutorials and lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre and by a new flurry of literary production, increasingly aimed at a large, popular audience. What, then, is it which induces sensible men to decide in favor of the one or the other?