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Receptive Spirit: German Idealism and the Dynamics of Cultural Transmission

Márton Dornbach


Beginning with Kant, German idealist philosophers undertake a radical rethinking of the nature of human mindedness whose ramifications have yet to be fully assessed. At the heart of this project is the claim that the mind is fundamentally active and self-determining. In the wake of this innovation, it becomes difficult to account for the central fact that humans’ orientation in the world depends on culturally transmitted models of acting, feeling, and thinking. If the defining feature of the mind is self-induced activity, how much room, if any, remains for receptive openness toward the world o ... More

Keywords: culture, Fichte, German idealism, Hegel, Jena romanticism, Kant, philosophy of the subject, receptivity, Friedrich Schlegel, spontaneity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823268290
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823268290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Márton Dornbach, author
Stanford University