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[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 5. Objectivity]

Full Idea

For Fichte 'subjectivity' came first, and he was then stuck with the (impossible) task of showing how 'objectivity' arose out of it.

Gist of Idea

Fichte's subjectivity struggles to then give any account of objectivity


comment on Johann Fichte (The Science of Knowing (Wissenschaftslehre) [1st ed] [1794]) by Terry Pinkard - German Philosophy 1760-1860 06

Book Reference

Pinkard,Terry: 'German Philosophy 1760-1860' [CUP 2002], p.142

A Reaction

The best available answer to this problem (for idealists) is, I think, Nietzsche's perspectives, in which multiple subjectivities are summed to produce a blurred picture which has a degree of consensus. Fichte later embraced other minds.

Related Idea

Idea 22020 We only see ourselves as self-conscious and rational in relation to other rationalities [Fichte]