Fichte's Ethics

ISBN : 9780198809661

Michelle Kosch
208 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
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Michelle Kosch offers a systematic, historically informed reconstruction of Fichte's ethical theory of the Jena period, highlighting that theory's very substantial potential for contribution to various contemporary debates. One of Fichte's most important ideas - that nature can place limits on our ability to govern ourselves, and that anyone who values autonomy is thereby committed to the value of basic research and of the development of autonomy-enhancing technologies - has received little attention in the interpretative literature on Fichte, and has little currency in contemporary ethics. Kosch aims to address both deficits.


1 Introduction; 2 Rational Agency; 3 Material independence; 4 Formal independence; 5 Independence as constitutive end; 6 Conclusion

About the author: 

Michelle Kosch received a BA from Harvard College in 1990 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1999. She was employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Soren Kierkegaard Research Center in Copenhagen from 1999-2000, and thereafter as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of Michigan, before moving to Cornell in 2006.

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