Reflection, Metaphilosophy, and Logic of Action in the Science of Knowledge

  • Isabelle Thomas-FogielEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism book series (PHGI)


Reflection is the unified pattern and fundamental structure of every presentation of the Wissenschaftslehre. This chapter develops this hypothesis by showing, first, how Fichte’s conception of reflection marks a difference with the traditional views on the subject by identifying reflection with the status of the philosopher’s discourse. This issue leads Fichte to conceive of philosophy as metaphilosophy. And in the end, this metaphilosophy rests on a single principle found in every version of the Wissenschaftslehre, which induces an unprecedented method of argumentation that Fichte is the first to develop. Neither introspection nor description, reflection is a new form of the transcendental method.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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