Fichte's Vocation of Man: New Interpretive and Critical Essays

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New perspectives on Fichte’s best known and most popular work.

Written for a general audience during a period of intense controversy in the German philosophical community, J. G. Fichte’s short book The Vocation of Man (1800) is both an introduction to and a defense of his philosophical system, and is one of the best-known contributions to German Idealism. This collection of new essays reflects a wide and instructive variety of philosophical and hermeneutic approaches, which combine to cast new light upon Fichte’s familiar text. The contributors highlight some of the overlooked complexities and implications of The Vocation of Man and situate it firmly within the intellectual context within which it was originally written, relating it to the positions of Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Schlegel, Jacobi, and others. In addition, the essays relate the text to issues of contemporary concern such as the limits of language, the character of rational agency, the problem of evil, the relation of theoretical knowledge to practical belief, and the dialectic of judgment.
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About the author

Daniel Breazeale is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He is the editor and translator of several volumes of Fichte’s writings, including Fichte: Early Philosophical Writings and Introductions to the Wissenschaftslehre and Other Writings. Tom Rockmore is McAnulty College Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. He is the author of many books, including Kant and Phenomenology and In Kant’s Wake: Philosophy in the Twentieth Century. Together Breazeale and Rockmore have coedited many volumes, including Rights, Bodies and Recognition: New Essays on Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right.
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SUNY Press
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Published on
Oct 31, 2013
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Pages
329
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ISBN
9781438447650
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Language
English
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Philosophy / General
Philosophy / History & Surveys / Modern
Philosophy / Movements / General
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