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Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814) was the founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, a branch of thought which grew out of Kant's critical philosophy. Fichte's work formed the crucial link between eighteenth-century Enlightenment thought and philosophical, as well as literary, Romanticism. Some of his ideas also foreshadow later nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in philosophy and in political thought, including existentialism, nationalism and socialism. This volume offers essays on all the major aspects of Fichte's philosophy, ranging from the successive versions of his foundational philosophical science or Wissenschaftslehre, through his ethical and political thought, to his philosophies of history and religion. All the main stages of Fichte's philosophical career and development are charted, and his ideas are placed in their historical and intellectual context. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Fichte currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Fichte.

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Breazeale, Daniel and Rockmore, Tom (eds.), New Essays on Fichte’s Later Jena Wissenschaftslehre (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2002).
Breazeale, Daniel and Rockmore, Tom (eds.), Rights, Bodies and Recognition: New Essays on Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006).
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Breazeale, Daniel and Rockmore, Tom (eds.), Fichte’s Vocation of Man: New Interpretative and Critical Essays (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013).
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James, David, Fichte’s Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
James, David, Rousseau and German Idealism: Freedom, Dependence and Necessity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), Chapters 3 and 5.
James, David, Fichte’s Republic: Idealism, History and Nationalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
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Zöller, Günter, Fichte lesen (Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2014).


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