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The status of the Wissenschaftslehre: transcendental and ontological grounds in Fichte

Gardner, S; (2007) The status of the Wissenschaftslehre: transcendental and ontological grounds in Fichte. Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism , 5 pp. 90-125. 10.1515/9783110192438.1.90. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper I pursue the question whether transcendental explanation in Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre should be regarded as ontologically committed. It is natural to assume that transcendental explanation in the Wissenschaftslehre should be construed non-ontologically: Schulze's criticisms of Kantian philosophy and Jacobi's objection to philosophical justification supply Fichte with motives for freeing transcendental explanation of ontological commitment. However, the situation is not, I argue, clear-cut: Fichte's explicit remarks are equivocal and exhibit tensions, and interpretations of the WL which imply its non-ontological status are open to criticism. Finally I suggest a way in which Fichte's position on the WL’s status may be regarded as coherent and defensible, and indicate how the relation of Fichte to Schelling and Hegel may be understood in its light.

Type: Article
Title: The status of the Wissenschaftslehre: transcendental and ontological grounds in Fichte
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/9783110192438.1.90
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110192438.1.90
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2007 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/93423
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