After Jena: New Essays on Fichte's Later Philosophy (Topics by Tom Rockmore, Daniel Breazeale

By Tom Rockmore, Daniel Breazeale

The profession of J. G. Fichte, a imperative determine in German idealism and within the background of philosophy, divides into exact levels: the 1st interval, during which he occupied the chair of severe philosophy on the college of Jena (1794-1799); and the subsequent interval, after he left Jena for Berlin. Due partially to the inaccessibility of the German texts, Fichte scholarship within the English-speaking international has tended to target the Jena interval, neglecting the advance of this significant thinker's mature improvement. The essays accumulated during this ebook start to right this imbalance. involved in numerous methods with Fichte's post-Jena philosophy, those essays through distinct and rising students reveal the intensity and breadth of Fichte scholarship being performed in English.

             With an advent that locates the essays in philosophical and ancient phrases, the ebook divides into 3 comparable different types: Fichte’s improvement, his view of faith, and different points of his "popular" (or not-so-popular) philosophy. From quite a lot of views, the essays convey how Fichte’s later improvement displays the philosophical issues of his time, the categorical debates during which he engaged, and the advanced occasions of his philosophical career.

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49. 6:458. 50. 7:154; IWL, 187. 51. 7:159-60; IWL, 195. 52. 7:164; IWL, 200. 53. 7:185. 54. For over a year, Fichte kept postponing the projected publication date for the Neue Bearbeitung der WissenschaJtslehre. He originally intended to have it ready for publication by the end of 1800, and then announced that it would be published in the spring of 1801. When subscription fell short of expectations, however, Fichte and Cotta agreed to postpone publication until some unspecified later date. ) Finally, in a letter of February 14, 1801, to Cotta, Fichte announced that he had stopped working on the Neue Bearbeitung in order to devote his tinle to two other projects, the Antwortschreiben an Reinhold and the polemic against Nicolai.

It may have been that he found the new, rigorously geometrical and discursive method of presentation to be ultimately unsuited for expounding the fivefold synthesis of productive imagination (which is, in fact, the point at which the Neue Bearbeitung breaks off). Or he may have abandoned the manuscript because he finally concluded that his favorite strategy of beginning with the I was in fact responsible for some of the most widespread and persistent misunderstandings of his project and that an altogether new starting point (by appealing, for example, to the fact of "knowledge," as in the 1801-2 presentation, or to what is implied by any "truth claim," as in the lectures on the Wissenenschaftslehre ofl804) might fare somewhat better.

For Fichte's response, see his own comment in the 1806 "Preface" to his Anweisung zum seligen Leben: "These [changes] are wholly the result of my own continuing and more strenuous and mature efforts, over the past six or seven years, to develop within myself those same philosophical views that I acquired, in part, thirteen years ago. 9:47) . 10:29). This is the same policy that Fichte had pursued from the start: explaining the obvious changes in each successive presentation of the Wissenschaftslehre as affecting merely the outer form of his philosophy, while staunchly maintaining the underlying identity of the same.

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