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Single Idea 23239

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / g. Will to power]

Full Idea

This 'you' for which you show such a lively interest is, so far as it is not overt behaviour, at least a drive in your own peculiar nature.

Gist of Idea

The self is, apart from outward behaviour, a drive in your nature


Johann Fichte (The Vocation of Man [1800], 1)

Book Reference

Fichte,Johann G.: 'The Vocation of Man', ed/tr. Preuss,Peter [Hackett 1987], p.25

A Reaction

I assume this use of 'drive' is the origin of Nietzsche's picture of such things, focused on the basic will to power. I like Fichte's emphasis on active forces as the basis of nature.