The science of knowing : J.G. Fichte's 1804 lectures on the by Johann Gottlieb Fichte

By Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Thought of by means of a few to be his most vital textual content, this sequence of lectures given via Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) at his domestic in Berlin in 1804 is greatly considered as the main perspicuous presentation of his primary philosophy. Now on hand in English, this translation offers in extraordinary and unique language Fichte's exploration of the transcendental foundations of expertise and realizing in ways in which transcend Kant and Reinhold and charts a promising, novel pathway for German Idealism. via an in depth exam of this paintings you will see that Fichte's idea is way greater than a fashion station among Kant and Hegel, hence making the case for Fichte's self sufficient philosophical value.
The textual content is split into elements: a doctrine of fact or cause, and a doctrine of visual appeal. A imperative characteristic of the textual content is its performative size. Philosophy, for Fichte, is anything we enact instead of any discursively expressible item of understanding; a philosophical fact isn't expressible as a collection of propositions yet is a spontaneous inwardly taking place attention. accordingly, he regularly regards the expression of philosophy in phrases as strategic, aiming to ignite philosophy's primarily inward method and to arouse the development of philosophical perception.
The new translation includes a German-English thesaurus and an in depth advent and notes through the translator.

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Misunderstandings about this are unavoidable at the beginning. In order to come as close as possible to complete accuracy right from the start, I venture on a question that has already been raised. 2 I have been asked whether it doesn’t rather go in A. The most exact answer is that actually and strictly it doesn’t belong in either of these but rather in the oneness of both. By itself A is objective and therefore inwardly dead; it should not remain so, This lecture begins at GA II, 8, pp. 52–53.

How then is this to be? Obviously, it is clear without any further steps both that one of the two would have to be grasped mediately, and that this term which is grasped mediately cannot be unchangingness, which as the absolute can only be realized absolutely, but rather must be changeability. The unchangeable would have to be intuited not only in its being, which we have already done, but instead it would have to be penetrated in its essence, its one absolute quality. It (the unchangeable) would have to be worked through in such a way that changeability would be seen as necessarily proceeding from it and as mediately graspable only by means of it.

What we genuinely comprehend becomes part of ourselves, and if it is a genuinely new insight, it produces a personal transformation. 3 Oneness thus is the same as pure knowing in and for itself, and therefore it is knowledge of nothing; or in case you find the following expression easier to remember, it (oneness) is found in truth and certainty, which is not certainty about any particular thing, since in that case the disjunction of being and knowing is already posited. So if, in the effort to reproduce the first lecture from within, someone had clearly and vividly hit upon just this single point, then it would have been possible with a little logical reflection to develop all the rest from it.

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