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German Idealism as Constructivism$
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Tom Rockmore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226349909

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226350073.001.0001

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Fichte’s Transcendental Philosophy, the Subject, and Circularity

Fichte’s Transcendental Philosophy, the Subject, and Circularity

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(p.58) Chapter 3 Fichte’s Transcendental Philosophy, the Subject, and Circularity
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German Idealism as Constructivism
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Tom Rockmore

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226350073.003.0004

Chapter 3, “Fichte’s transcendental philosophy, the subject and circularity,” focuses on Fichte’s rethinking of the conception of the subject, and, as a result, ontology and cognition from a fully subject-centered perspective. The result is to remove the ambiguity in the critical philosophy about the status of the noumenon, or mind-independent real, which Kant inconsistently describes as uncognizable but as also indispensable for cognition. The chapter also treats the Fichtean link to the two-aspects thesis in his Deduction of representation. I show that Fichte states this representational approach to knowledge while denying its validity in a constructivist approach to cognition.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, representation, noumenon, critical philosophy

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