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Fichte: Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation


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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521112796

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  • The Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation (1792) was the first published work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814), the founder of the German idealist movement in philosophy. It predated the system of philosophy which Fichte developed during his years in Jena, and for that reason - and possibly also because of its religious orientation - later commentators have tended to overlook the work in their treatments of Fichte's philosophy. It is, however, already representative of the most interesting aspects of Fichte's thought. It displays an affinity with his later moral psychology, introduces (in theological form) Fichte's distinctively 'second-person' conception of moral requirements, and employs the 'synthetic method' which is crucial to the transcendental systems Fichte developed during his Jena period. This volume offers a clear and accessible translation of the work by Garrett Green, while an introduction by Allen Wood sets the work in its historical and philosophical contexts.

    • The text was the first published work by J. G. Fichte, which is of importance in regard to his later work in the German idealist movement in philosophy
    • Introduction clarifies the importance of the text, which was often neglected in previous treatments of Fichte's philosophy
    • Translation is clearly and accessibly written
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    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521112796
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Further reading
    Note on the text and translation
    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    1. Introduction
    2. Theory of the will in preparation for a deduction of religion in general
    3. Deduction of religion in general
    4. Division of religion in general into natural and revealed
    5. Formal discussion of the concept of revelation in preparation for a material discussion of it
    6. Material discussion of the concept of revelation in preparation for a deduction of it
    7. Deduction of the concept of revelation from a priori principles of pure reason
    8. The possibility of the empirical datum presupposed in the concept of revelation
    9. The physical possibility of a revelation
    10. Criteria of the divinity of a revelation with regard to its possible content
    11. Criteria of the divinity of a revelation with regard to the possible presentation of this content
    12. Systematic order of these criteria
    13. The possibility of receiving a given appearance as divine revelation
    14. General overview of this critique
    Concluding remark
    Appendix: passages omitted in the second edition

  • Translator

    Garrett Green, Connecticut College
    Garrett Green is the Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Connecticut College. His previous publications include Theology, Hermeneutics and Imagination: The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity (2000) and Imagining God: Theology and the Religious Imagination (1989). He previously edited and translated Karl Barth's On Religion: The Revelation of God as the Sublimation of Religion (2006).


    Allen Wood, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Allen Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and Indiana University. His previous publications include Kantian Ethics (Cambridge, 2008), Unsettling Obligations: Essays on Reason, Reality and the Ethics of Belief (2002) and Hegel's Ethical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

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