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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Fichte’s Idealism

Fichte’s Idealism

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(p.69) Three Fichte’s Idealism
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Freedom and Limits
Author(s):

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0005

Lachs seeks to clarify the distinctive features of Fichte's version of idealism, giving special emphasis to his view of the self. In discussing Fichte's view that the self posits itself (and posits itself as positing), Lachs argues that positing is a nontemporal act whose model is the Aristotelian concept of activity. He ends with a critical appraisal of Fichte's treatment of finite selves.

Keywords:   J.G. Fichte, Benedict Spinoza, Idealism, Self-consciousness, Activity

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