The Cambridge Companion to Fichte.
The Cambridge Companion to Fichte
David James & Gunter Zoller, editors
Cambridge University Press
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9780521472265, $110.00, HC, 438pp, www.amazon.com
Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) was the founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, a branch of thought which grew out of Kant's critical philosophy. Fichte's work formed the crucial link between eighteenth-century Enlightenment thought and philosophical, as well as literary, Romanticism. Some of his ideas also foreshadow later nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in philosophy and in political thought, including existentialism, nationalism and socialism. The Cambridge Companion to Fichte is comprised of fourteen essays which collective cover all of the major aspects of Fichte's philosophy, ranging from the successive versions of his foundational philosophical science or Wissenschaftslehre, through his ethical and political thought, to his philosophies of history and religion. All the main stages of Fichte's philosophical career and development are charted, and his ideas are placed in their historical and intellectual context. Beginning philosophy students will find "The Cambridge Companion to Fichte" to be the single most convenient and accessible guide to Fichte currently available, while advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Fichte. Featuring a listing of the contributors and their credentials; a listing of abbreviations; a chronology; a six page bibliography, and an eight page index, "The Cambridge Companion to Fichte" is an essential and core addition to both community and academic library History of Philosophy collections in general and Johann Gottlib Fichte supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Cambridge Companion to Fichte" is also available in a paperback edition (9780521478052, $34.97) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.20).