Introduction: Fichte’s Post-Kantian Project

  • Steven HoeltzelEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism book series (PHGI)


This chapter introduces the volume by offering a basic overview of Fichte’s philosophy, integrated within which are brief treatments of the various more-specialized topics and problems that each of the subsequent chapters explores in depth. The discussion is structured according to the organization of the volume, and therefore spans each of the following seven areas: (1) Fichte’s historical and intellectual context, (2) Fichte’s metaphilosophy and method, (3) the transcendental fundamentals of the Wissenschaftslehre, (4) Fichte’s ethical theory, (5) his political and social theory, (6) his philosophy’s implications for metaphysics and epistemology, and (7) his thought’s later ramifications, including connections to existentialism, phenomenology, and discourse ethics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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