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Single Idea 22066

[catalogued under 16. Persons / B. Nature of the Self / 4. Presupposition of Self]

Full Idea

Novalis aimed to create a theory of the ego with a much wider scope than Fichte's doctrine of knowledge had been able to establish. ....Without philosophy, imperfect poet - without poetry, imperfect thinker.

Gist of Idea

Novalis sought a much wider concept of the ego than Fichte's proposal


comment on Johann Fichte (The Science of Knowing (Wissenschaftslehre) [1st ed] [1794]) by Novalis - Logological Fragments I vol.3 p.531

Book Reference

'A Companion to Continental Philosophy', ed/tr. Critchley,S/Schroeder,W [Blackwell 1999], p.72

A Reaction

[in his 'Fichte Studies] Since this is at the heart of early romanticism, I take the concept to embrace nature, as well as creative imagination. There is a general rebellion against the narrowness of Fichte.

Related Ideas

Idea 22060 The Self is the spontaneity, self-relatedness and unity needed for knowledge [Fichte, by Siep]

Idea 22063 Effective individuals must posit a specific material body for themselves [Fichte]