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Fichte's world-view as expressed in his philosophical, educational and political writings

McGill University
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  • Fichte
  • Johann Gottlieb
  • 1762-1814.
  • Education
  • Political Science
  • Religious Science


Fichte's basis for an interest in social and political organisms was an irrepressible belief in the individual's 'striving' toward the ultimate human goal of an absolute moral freedom. Influenced by Kant and Rousseau, Fichte developed a unique vision of the state and society. Fichte drew upon aspects of his theological concepts, educational theories and life-experiences to produce a holistic approach to individual self-formation (Bildung). The role of the state in controlling the mechanisms for individual Bildung changed considerably over his career.

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