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Fichte : the self and the calling of philosophy, 1762-1799

Author: Anthony J LaVopa
Publisher: Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A thematic biography of the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte from birth to his resignation from his university position at Jena in 1799 due to the Atheism Conflict, this work explains how Fichte contributed to modern conceptions of selfhood; how he sought to make the moral agency of the self efficacious in a modern public culture; and the critical role he assigned philosophy in the construal and assertion  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Johann Gottlieb Fichte; Johann Gottlieb Fichte; Johann Gottlieb Fichte; Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony J LaVopa
ISBN: 0521791456 9780521791458
OCLC Number: 44019104
Description: xiv, 449 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction; Part I. The Wanderjahre: 1. Alienation; 2. The road to Kant; 3. The German machine; 4. Revolution: the popular tribune; 5. Jews, Christians, and freethinkers; 6. Love and marriage; Part II. The Jena Years: 7. The self and the mission of philosophy; 8. The politics of celebrity; 9. Philosophy and the graces; 10. Law, freedom, and authority; 11. Men and women; 12. The atheism conflict: reason and the absolute; 13. The atheism conflict: selfhood, character, and the public; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Anthony J. La Vopa.
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