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date: 17 June 2021

p. 323. German Idealismlocked

p. 323. German Idealismlocked

  • Andrew Bowie


How does nature in itself relate to human freedom? ‘German Idealism’ examines how Kant sought to sustain the idea of self-determination by locating freedom in a domain which was not subject to the laws of nature. A division emerges in German philosophy between theories that seek a complete conceptual account of how mind and world relate, and approaches that appeal to non-conceptual forms of intuition. Fichte's central assumptions are explained and the concept of ‘intellectual intuition’ is examined. The question of intuition and its relationship to scepticism is explored in the context of the disagreement between Hegel and Schelling.

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