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Fichte's theory of free will

Phillips, Rory Lawrence; (2020) Fichte's theory of free will. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Fichte’s account of free will is at the heart of his philosophy. However, there exists no full-length attempt to come to an understanding of what Fichte’s account is, and what it implies. I will therefore present Fichte’s views on freedom as they appear in his major work, the 1798 System of Ethics, supported by a variety of other important texts. I will give an exegesis of Fichte’s arguments, trying primarily to display the arguments clearly, but also offering some reconstructive remarks and defences of Fichte’s views against various challenges. I then move on to think about issues connected with free will, mainly the issues of how evil actions are possible, the connections between free will and time, and the causation at play in free will. I conclude that Fichte has a coherent account of strong libertarian freedom, that has significant relation to his views not only on self-consciousness but also on the realm of nature, as well as God.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Fichte's theory of free will
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
Keywords: Fichte, Free Will, Idealism, German Idealism
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111562
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