Addresses to the German Nation (Cambridge Texts in the by Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Gregory Moore

By Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Gregory Moore

This can be the 1st translation of Fichte's addresses to the German kingdom for nearly a hundred years. The sequence of 14 speeches, added while Berlin was once lower than French profession after Prussia's disastrous defeat on the conflict of Jena in 1806, is broadly considered as a founding rfile of German nationalism, celebrated and reviled in equivalent degree. Fichte's account of the uniqueness of the German humans and his trust within the local superiority of its tradition helped to form German nationwide id through the 19th century and past. With an in depth creation that places Fichte's argument in its highbrow and ancient context, this version brings a huge and seminal paintings to a latest readership. all the traditional sequence positive factors are supplied, together with notes for additional studying, chronology, and short biographies of key individuals.

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William Smith, 4th edn (London: Tru¨ber, 1889), vol. 2. J. G. Fichte–Gesamtausgabe der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, ed. Reinhard Lauth, Hans Gliwitzky and Erich Fuchs (Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 1964– ). Heinrich Pestalozzi, How Gertrud Teaches Her Children (1801), trans. Lucy E. Holland and Francis C. Turner (London: Allen and Unwin, 1938). xlv Addresses to the German Nation Foreword The following addresses were delivered as a series of lectures in Berlin during the winter of 1807–8 and are a continuation of my Characteristics of the Present Age, which I presented during the winter of 1804–5 in the same location (and which were printed by this publisher in 1806).

They deserve our attention not only because they so strikingly express the various elements from which German national consciousness was forged; in an age when questions of identity – national, cultural, religious – have acquired a new urgency, the Addresses also stand out as an early and impressive attempt to grapple with these ever-current issues. Though we must liberate Fichte from the one-eyed readings of the past, we should take care that we do not smooth out his rough edges and resolve the very ambiguity and contradictoriness that give his work its vitality and continued resonance.

Foundation of the Entire Wissenschaftslehre, part iii; 5 March: following the Peace of Basel, Prussia adopts a policy of neutrality until 1806; 5 October: troops under General Napoleon Bonaparte put down a royalist uprising in Paris; 26 October: Directory begins. Foundations of Natural Right (Part i). Foundations of Natural Right (Part ii); 17 October: Treaty of Campo Formio between France and Austria; France annexes Belgium, creation of the Cisalpine Republic; 16 November: death of King Friedrich Wilhelm II, who is succeeded by Friedrich Wilhelm III.

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