The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Fichte, Johann Gottlieb (1762–1814)

  • James Bonar
Reference work entry


Fichte, though of the first importance as a philosopher, cannot be called an economist. Yet through his philosophy he has indirectly exercised great influence on economists, his system giving in outline the theory of development worked out by Hegel, and applied by certain of Hegel’s followers to economic history and theory. Yet the direct influence of Fichte, through his writings on social and political questions, has been much less strong than might have been expected from the power of the writer and the brilliancy of his theories.

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Selected Works

  1. Fichte, Johann Gottlieb. 1845–6. Collected works. 8 vols, ed. J.H. Fichte. Berlin.Google Scholar
  2. Fichte, Johann Gottlieb. 1847. The characteristics of the present age (trans: Smith, W.). London: Chapman.Google Scholar
  3. Fichte, Johann Gottlieb. 1848. The vocation of man etc (trans: Smith, W.). London: Chapman.Google Scholar


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  4. Schmoller, G. 1888. Litteraturgeschichte der Staats- und Socialwissenschaften. Leipzig.Google Scholar
  5. Smith, W. 1848. Memoir of Fichte, 2nd edn. London.Google Scholar

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