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Fichte's republic : idealism, history, and nationalism

Author: David James
Publisher: United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Addresses to the German Nation (1808) is one of Fichte's best-known works. It is also his most controversial work because of its nationalist elements. In this book, David James places this text and its nationalism within the context provided by Fichte's philosophical, educational and moral project of creating a community governed by pure practical reason, in which his own foundational philosophical science or  Read more...
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Named Person: Johann Gottlieb Fichte; Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David James
ISBN: 9781107111189 1107111188
OCLC Number: 910092467
Description: ix, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Selfhood, virtue and the Wissenschaftslehre; 1.1 Fichte's critique of Rousseau; 1.2 The dispute between idealism and dogmatism; 1.3 Idealism and virtue; 1.4 The republic of scholars; 2. Practical reason, conscience and ethical vocation; 2.1 The primacy of practical reason; 2.2 Conscience and radical evil; 2.3 Ethical vocation; 3. The relation between moral subjectivity and history in Fichte's defence of the French Revolution; 3.1 Moral subjectivity and history; 3.2 Experience and history; 4. Fichte's philosophy of history: the future ages of humanity as postulates of pure practical reason; 4.1 Practical need and the end of reason; 4.2 Fichte's world plan; 4.3 Fichte's instrumentalization of history; 5. The absolute state: coercion and perfectibility; 5.1 The absolute state; 5.2 From Rechtsstaat to Kulturstaat; 6. Fichte's Republic; 6.1 The idea of a new German university; 6.2 The role of the new university in a German national education; 6.3 Philosophy and the life of the nation; 6.4 Love of fatherland and the moral will; 6.5 The German Republic; 7. The role of language in Fichte's construction of the nation; 7.1 Creating the nation; 7.2 Fichte's idea of an original language; 7.3 The Germans as speakers of an original language; 7.4 Language and the construction of the nation; 7.5 Fichte and Machiavelli; Bibliography; Index.
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