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The Vocation of Man

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Translator's Introduction
Selected Bibliography
Note on the Text

The Vocation of Man

Book One: Doubt
Book Two: Knowledge
Book Three: Faith
Paperback, 139 pages
Published 1987 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published 1800)
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Noé Ajo caamaño
Sep 06, 2014 Noé Ajo caamaño rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El idealismo de Fichte es un monumento en cuanto pensamiento y en cuanto documento histórico. Puesto por su propio autor como un sistema que no dice otra cosa, sino solo mejor que el sistema de Kant; y por más que hoy queramos ser materialistas, fenomenologos, o de algún tipo de idealismo que de por desfasado a este pensador o lo que queramos, su lectura resultará siempre fértil para aquel que no quiera dejarlo en letra muerta y se aventure a pensar más allá de lo pensado por él. Añadiría, que e ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Will rated it it was ok
Reading Fichte after Spinoza maybe wasn't such a good idea. The difference is like climbing a mountain (The Ethics) versus splashing in puddles.
Alex Lee
Dec 12, 2015 Alex Lee rated it really liked it
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This tiny book continues Kant's system about the nature of subjectivity and consciousness. Fichte mines Kantian views for an immanent handle on subjectivity, deciding on a split subject, one that is known and the other that is knowable. This internal handle is repeated throughout the tradition as a condition of latent content, with predicates and subjects. This text is fairly straight forward to read although at times, the attempt at explicating abstract thought with non-technical language creat ...more
Mark Burns
While it was tempting to just give this a higher rating because it is an actual available, readable, Fichte text, you still have to contend with it being Fichte. While this is slightly more readable even in english than his other texts are it still contains that random assumption method of philosophy and while his central point is enticing the use of practical reason alone and polemical ranting leads to un-grounded assumptions being taken as absolutes and a dearth of theoretical explanations whi ...more
Jun 29, 2007 Chuck rated it really liked it
Contains the greatest argument for idealism I've ever read.
Oct 14, 2008 Ellis rated it liked it
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Read this for a theology class. Fichte is rather important in his rebuttle of German skepticism. The book is divided into 3 sections: "Doubt" "Knowledge" and "Faith" and traces the progress of an imaginary I through different conundrums in the Doubt and Knowledge systems until he reaches synthesis in Faith. At times, very hard to follow, especially in the Knowledge system (think Augustine's Soliloquies), but the end point is made: neither system, doubt or knowledge, work. Faith works, acceptance ...more
Moses Allen
Aug 09, 2007 Moses Allen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: philosophic minds
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This book was written by Fichte to discredit the charges of atheism which were brought against him which forced him to leave the University of Jena. The book is written for non-professional philosophers, he intended it for the greater public; because of this, it is among the easier reads in philosophy.

Fichte challenges reality itself in this book. He leads you down his path of thought from doubt to belief in a supreme moral being. He essentially illustrates the historical stages of metaphysical
Sean Sullivan
Jul 19, 2007 Sean Sullivan rated it it was ok
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You don't really expect me to remember what this was about, do you?* I remember Fichte as an anti-semite and a dude who was supposed to be important in relation to Hegel. That's all I got, give me a break, I read this two years ago!

Jul 08, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Johann Fichte is both alluring and repelling. The translation of his writing seems to leave much to be desired, yet so much can be gleaned from absorbing it. This is a small novelette in size, but not content.
Sep 23, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
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That the poetry of the ideas survives and transcends translation is surely the best possible argument for transcendental idealism.
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Johann Gottlieb Fichte was a German philosopher. He was one of the founding figures of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, a movement that developed from the theoretical and ethical writings of Immanuel Kant. Fichte is often perceived as a figure whose philosophy forms a bridge between the ideas of Kant and the German Idealist Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Recently, philosophers ...more
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