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Single Idea 22063

[catalogued under 16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 6. Body sustains Self]

Full Idea

Rational beings cannot posit themselves as effective individuals without ascribing to themselves a material body and determining it in doing so.

Gist of Idea

Effective individuals must posit a specific material body for themselves


Johann Fichte (The Science of Rights [1797], p.87), quoted by Ludwig Siep - Fichte

Book Reference

'A Companion to Continental Philosophy', ed/tr. Critchley,S/Schroeder,W [Blackwell 1999], p.64

A Reaction

To be free entails a belief that one is 'effective', and a body is our only concept for that. This seems to be a transcendental proof that the body must exist, which is a neat inverted move! The Self sustains the body, for Fichte.