Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre of 1794 - A Commentary on Part 1 by George J Seidel

By George J Seidel

Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Wissenscbaftslebre arises out of a very stormy interval within the philosopher's own, educational, and highbrow lifestyles. The paintings he produced is many stuff straight away: an epistemology or idea of information, a philosophical anthropology, an ethics or metaethics, the basis for a political idea (Rousseau), the foundation for a classy application (Romanticism), maybe even a philosophy of nature. Seidel offers the English and German textual content of half 1 of the Wissenscbaftsiebre, by means of a observation at the textual content. The paintings concludes with a precis of components 2 and three of the Wissenscbafislebre. An annotated bibliography surveys the real literature at the thinker.

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9 74. Again, one must not believe that the cosmoi necessarily have one kind of shape.... U 75. Further, one must suppose that [human] nature was taught a large number of different lessons just by the facts themselves, and compelled [by them]; and that reasoning later made more precise what was handed over to it [by nature] and made additional discoveries-more quickly among some peoples, and more slowly among others and in some periods of time and in others smaller ones.

73. For this needs no demonstration, but [only] reasoning, because we associate it with days and nights and their parts, and similarly with the feelings too and with the absence of them, and with motions and states of rest, again, having in mind in connection with them precisely and only this peculiar property according to which we apply the term "time. " 8 On top of what has been said, one must believe that the cosmoi, and every finite compound which is similar in form to those which are frequently seen, have come into being from the unlimited, all these things having been separated off from particular conglomerations [of matter], both larger and smaller; and that they are all dissolved again, some more 8.

For every quality changes, while the atoms do not change in any respect; for it is necessary that during the dissolution of compounds something should remain solid and undissolved, which will guarantee that the changes are not into what is not nor from what is not, but come about by rearrangements in many cases, and in some cases too by additions and subtractions [of atoms from the compound]. That is why it is necessary that the things which are rearranged should be indestructible and not have the nature of what changes, but rather their own masses and configurations.

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