The Difference Between Fichte's and Schelling's System of Philosophy: An English Translation of G. W. F. Hegel s Differenz des Fichte schen und Schelling schen Systems der Philosophie

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1977 - Philosophy - 213 pages
In this essay, Hegel attempted to show how Fichte's Science of Knowledge was an advance from the position of Kant in the Critique of Pure Reason, and how Schelling (and incidentally Hegel himself) had made a further advance from the position of Fichte.

Hegel finds the idealism of Fichte too abstractly subjective and formalistic, and he tries to show how Schelling's philosophy of nature is the remedy for these weaknesses. But the most important philosophical content of the essay is probably to be found in his general introduction to these critical efforts where he deals with a number of problems about philosophical method in a way which is of general interest to philosophers, and not merely interesting to those who accept the Hegelian "dialectic method" which grew out of these first beginnings. Finally, the Difference essay is important in the development of "Nature-Philosophy" as a movement in the history of science.

 

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An early essay of Hegel's which is well worth reading, particularly the opening chapter. Although he drops some of the ideas from this essay in his (more) fully worked out thought, it's good evidence ... Read full review

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An early essay of Hegel's which is well worth reading, particularly the opening chapter. Although he drops some of the ideas from this essay in his (more) fully worked out thought, it's good evidence ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the Difference Essay
1
Preface
79
Various Forms Occurring in Contemporary Philosophy
85
Exposition of Fichtes System
119
Comparison of Schellings Principle of Philosophy with Fichtes
155
On Reinholds View and Philosophy
174
Bibliographic Index
197
Analytic Index
205
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Walter Cerf is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the City University of New York.

H. S. Harris is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Glendon College, York University.

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