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Fichte: Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) Paperback – December 24, 2009

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"Annotated translation of the first published work by the German philosopher (1762-1814)..."
--The Chronicle of Higher Education


"....this text is important both historically and in its own right as an attempt to investigate religion from a transcendental standpoint.... Readers also will benefit from Wood's interpretation of the method Fichte utilizes in the text.... English-language Fichte scholarship has been been quite vibrant in recent decades, ranging from new translations of key Fichte texts to the activity of the North American Fichte Society. This new edition of Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation, especially as it includes Wood's excellent introductory essay, is a fine addition to this resurgence of interest in and attention to Fichte's work."
--Kevin Zanelotti, McKendree University, Philosophy in Review

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The Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation (1792) was the first published work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814), the founder of the German idealist movement in philosophy. This volume offers a clear and accessible translation by Garrett Green, while Allen Wood's introduction sets the work's historical and philosophical contexts.
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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521130182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521130189
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philonous on March 2, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book because it really did remind me of Kant. However Fichte sucessfully tackled the topic of divine revelation by using Kant's moral philosophy including Fichte's own form of egoism (not to be confused with narcissism or psychological egoism). Fichte believes that we cannot prove the empirical validity of divine revelations (since such revelations is in the realm of noumena) but instead of confirming the validity of them Fichte proposes that we decide which divine revelations are acceptable as divine revelations on the basis of morality (in the Kantian sense). Strangely, Fichte did not believe that people have to depend on divine revelations to be moral but people who do depend on narratives or stories to guide their moral compass should be receptive to divine revelations. The problem I find with this general argument is that it seems to be missing the point of what the bible means to Christians in general; while I do agree that many Christians depend on the bible for moral guidance, those very same Christians depend on the bible for other reasons such as spiritual growth and intimate communication with God (I personally find these reasons to be dubious but I am merely stating how Christians generally see their bible). Fichte seems to be using the Kantian version of Occam's Razor to take out a lot of narratives that appear immoral, but the problem is that by doing this it seems too similar with what Thomas Jefferson is doing to the bible (Thomas Jefferson took everything out accept some of the sayings of Jesus). Not that I am personally against what Fichte is implying but the consequence of applying such measures seems to be counter-productive because it backfires what was originally intended.Read more ›
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I bought this for my son who is a college student studying for his Master's in Philosophy. I peeked inside to see what Fichte had to say and enjoyed the excellent introduction about him. I read only parts of the book before giving it to my son, so I am really not qualified for a very informative review. But I have to say from what little I read, it seems that Fichte's contemporaries took issue with Fichte's personality as well as his views. He was a student of Kant and was continually compared to him but really had his own ideas. I sympathized with Fichte as he had a rather tortured existence brought on by his lack of tact in getting along with his fellow scholars. He defended his beliefs to the end, losing many past supporters along the way. Kant took no issue with him really and even helped him get his work published in the beginning of his career. Fichte was a German idealist and a brilliant thinker.
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