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Fichte’s Theory of Recognition and His Legacy

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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2020 - 1
title Fichte’s Theory of Recognition and His Legacy
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000178
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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Although this view is largely rejected today, Fichte has traditionally been conceived as a thinker who developed a theory of the isolated individual subject verging on solipsism. His philosophy is therefore even today commonly referred to as «subjective idealism» in order to emphasize this aspect. The present article argues that this traditional reading of Fichte’s role in the history of philosophy is a misunderstanding. In fact, he had a detailed theory of human social and political relations. Moreover, his understanding of the individual is dialectical and clearly acknowledges the necessity of other individuals right from the start. This can be seen most clearly in his theory of recognition. I want to suggest that Fichte’s theory of social relations should enjoin us to cast off once and for all the idea of him as a subjectivist or solipsistic thinker. Given the importance of his notion of recognition, we need to reexamine his role in the development of German philosophy after Hegel.

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Fichte, Hegel, Recognition, Intersubjectivity, Self-consciousness

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Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava. Email: js@jonstewart.dk

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