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The Palgrave Fichte Handbook

  • Steven Hoeltzel

Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism book series (PHGI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Historical and Conceptual Context

  3. Metaphilosophy and Method

  4. Transcendental Theory

  5. Ethical Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Owen Ware
      Pages 239-256
    3. Wayne Martin
      Pages 285-306
  6. Political and Social Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Nedim Nomer
      Pages 309-328

About this book


This Handbook provides a comprehensive single-volume treatment of Fichte’s philosophy. In addition to offering new researchers an authoritative introduction and orientation to Fichtean thought, the volume also surveys the main scholarly and philosophical controversies regarding Fichtean interpretation, and defends a range of philosophical theses in a way that advances the scholarly discussion. Fichte is the first major philosopher in the post-Kantian tradition and the first of the great German Idealists, but he was no mere epigone of Kant or precursor to Hegel. His work speaks powerfully and originally to a wide range of issues of enduring concern, and his many innovations importantly anticipate major developments, including absolute idealism, phenomenology, and existentialism. He is therefore not only a path-breaking thinker but also a pivotal figure in Western intellectual history. Wide-ranging, well-organised and timely, this key volume makes Fichte’s work both accessible and relevant. It is essential reading for scholars, graduate researchers and advanced students interested in Fichte, German Idealism, and the history of nineteenth-century philosophy in the West.


Fichte German Idealism Post-Kantianism Transcendentalism Intellectual history Western philosophy Ethical theory Political theory Philosophy of religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Hoeltzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

About the editors

Steven Hoeltzel is Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University, Virginia, USA. He specialises in the work of Kant and Fichte,with a focus on the complicated relations between Fichte’s positions, their Kantian prototypes, and their Schellingean and Hegelian successors. He is co-editor (with Halla Kim) of Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism (2014) and Transcendental Inquiry: Its History, Methods and Critiques (2016).

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