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Transcendental Idealism and Naturalism: The Case of Fichte

Phillips, RL; (2020) Transcendental Idealism and Naturalism: The Case of Fichte. Journal of Transcendental Philosophy , 1 (1) pp. 43-62. 10.1515/jtph-2019-0013. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I explore the relationship between naturalism and transcendental idealism in Fichte. I conclude that Fichte is a near-naturalist, akin to Baker, Lynne Rudder (2017). “Naturalism and the idea of nature,” Philosophy 92 (3): 333–349. A near-naturalist is one whose position looks akin to the naturalist in some ways but the near-naturalist can radically differ in metaphilosophical orientation and substantial commitment. This paper is composed of three sections. In the first, I outline briefly what I take transcendental idealism to be, as well as some differences in types of naturalism, and how this maps on to Fichte. In the second, I give an exegesis of Fichte’s key arguments in the Later Jena period, which are important for the question of his relationship to naturalism. In the third, I continue the exegesis with a discussion of Fichte’s conception of God, and conclude that these arguments support a near-naturalist reading of Fichte.

Type: Article
Title: Transcendental Idealism and Naturalism: The Case of Fichte
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/jtph-2019-0013
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/jtph-2019-0013
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Fichte, transcendental idealism, naturalism, metaphilosophy.
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111914
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