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What is Fichte's Thesis of the Primacy of the Practical and How does he Argue for this Thesis?

Phillips, Rory; (2017) What is Fichte's Thesis of the Primacy of the Practical and How does he Argue for this Thesis? Masters thesis (M.Phil.Stud), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Fichte is well known for adhering to some version of the thesis of the Primacy of the Practical. There remain questions over the exact nature of this Primacy, and to what extent Fichte is committed. Furthermore, Fichte’s arguments for this thesis, which appear across the full range of the Jena period writings, are opaque. This thesis attempts to resolve both issues. I start with an outline of Fichte’s positions in theoretical philosophy, and present a sympathetic defence of his version of what has been called the transcendental argument against determinism. By doing so, we can see the force of one sense of the primacy of the practical – a methodological sense. I continue to demarcate various senses of what Fichte might be taken to mean by the Primacy of the Practical, identifying the most important sense as a transcendental interpretation of the primacy of practical reason. In doing so, I reject interpretations of Fichte that have recently been advanced by Breazeale and Zöller. I then attempt to outline Fichte’s complex transcendental and dialectical strategies to support this thesis, with special attention to the texts of the 1794 Grundlage des Gesamten Wissenschaftslehre and the 1796-9 Wissenschaftslehre nova Methodo.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil.Stud
Title: What is Fichte's Thesis of the Primacy of the Practical and How does he Argue for this Thesis?
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Fichte, Primacy of Practical, Wissenschaftslehre.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046382
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