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The Vocation of Man

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Contents include a translator's introduction, selected bibliography, note on the text, and Fichte's The Vocation of Man -- Book One: Doubt, Book Two: Knowledge, and Book Three: Faith.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published 1987 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published 1800)
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Noé Ajo caamaño
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
David Spencer
Absolutely essential German Idealism. It explains a lot of Hegel's spiritual bent (the world-soul, rationality manifesting in the world as a cipher for the future path of rationality, etc) and is a thorough and passionate (if a little too optimistic) exposition on philosophy, rationality, will, thought and ultimately on living a life. Pretty solid conceptually, a bit too dorky and academic to be the translation of his thought to be as commonly understandable and relatable as his stated goal with ...more
Ellis
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 3 of 5 stars
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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
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Sean
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!

Chris
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.
Michael
That the poetry of the ideas survives and transcends translation is surely the best possible argument for transcendental idealism.
Chuck
Contains the greatest argument for idealism I've ever read.
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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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