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Fichte's Ethical Thought (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 30/08/2018
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Allen W. Wood presents the first book-length systematic exposition in English of Fichte's most important ethical work, the System of Ethics (1798). He places this work in the context of Fichte's life and career, of his philosophical system as conceived in the later Jena period, and in relation to his philosophy of right or justice and politics. Wood discusses Fichte's defense of freedom of the will, his grounding of the moral principle, theory of moral conscience, transcendental deduction of intersubjectivity, and his conception of free rational communication and the rational society. He develops and emphasizes the social and political radicalism of Fichte's moral and political philosophy, and brings out the philosophical interest of Fichte's positions and arguments for present day philosophy. Fichte's Ethical Thought defends the position that Fichte is a major thinker in the history of ethics, and the most important figure in the history of modern continental philosophy in the past two centuries.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198822431
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 19 mm


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Among the book's best features is Wood's ability to translate Fichte's thought into twenty-first century philosophical language. He both reframes Fichte's claims using contemporary vocabulary and gestures toward how those claims might be taken up in current conversation. This allows even those not especially familiar with German Idealism to follow and appreciate Fichte's thought. But Wood's book will also be a valuable resource for experts on Fichte. Wood frequently notes points of disagreement among contemporary scholars, and provides ample footnotes cataloguing opportunities for further study. Thus both those unfamiliar with Fichte and specialists in German Idealism will find it a valuable resource, as Wood adroitly manages both to introduce and to critically engage Fichte's ethical thought. * Caroline A. Buchanan and Daniel Breazeale, Journal of the History of Philosophy *
This book is well-researched, well-argued, clearly-written, and full of richly suggestive ideas; it is just as rigorous an exercise in the history of philosophy as it is in substantive philosophical argumentation . . . it is a truly excellent book on Fichte. * Michael Baur, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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