Week 15 - Fichte’s Second Introduction


This week we discuss the ‘Second Introduction’ to Fichte’s 1797/8 Attempt at a New Presentation of the Science of Knowledge. In particular, we’ll look at the discussion of intellectual intuition and the sense in which self-consciousness must accompany all of our cognitive states.

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Week 14 - Fichte’s First Introduction


This week we discuss the ‘First Introduction’ to Fichte’s 1797/8 Attempt at a New Presentation of the Science of Knowledge. We’ll discuss, in particular, Fichte’s conception of self-consciousness and its relation to Fichte’s conception of the contrast between dogmatism and idealism. We’ll also compare …

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Week 13 - Schelling on the ‘I’


Today we discuss Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling’s famous early statement (1795) of the importance of subjectivity and self-consciousness for philosophy, ‘Of the I as the Principle of Philosophy’. In particular, we’ll look at the how Schelling considers the issue of systematicity in relation to self-consciousness, and his …

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