The Doctrine of the Freedom of the Will in Fichte's Philosophy

John Franklin Brown

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In the words 'unity' and 'freedom' is to be found the key to Fichte's entire philosophical system. To formulate a philosophy whose every part should radiate from a single, absolute principle, was the end to the attainment of which his keen constructive intellect aspired. To vindicate the moral freedom of the individual was the imperative demand of his fervent ethical nature. To satisfy this demand of logical thought on the one hand, and of moral impulse on the other, is his constant effort; and, although he sometimes seems to lose himself in a bewildering maze of 'deductions' and 'proofs,' he invariably closes the discussion in hand with one or both of these ends consciously in view. It was the strength of his desire for a monistic system of thought, that led him while yet a theological student, to accept Spinozism, with its sweeping determinism, even though the longings of his moral nature cried out against it. It was the satisfaction of this hitherto unsatisfied longing that led him to rejoice so greatly in his discovery of the "new gospel" of the Kantian philosophy, which, in its underlying principles, was to satisfy both the logical demand for unity and the ethical longing for freedom.

Whether Fichte was really as successful as he himself thought he was, in constructing a system of philosophy that should contain a single, fundamental principle, and, whether in this claim to unity in all his philosophical treatises, he was always consistent with himself, it is not within the province of this study to determine. We have only to show, as clearly as we may be able to do, what Fichte's doctrine of freedom really was, and then to examine the tenability of the theory. This being our purpose, we shall introduce so much, and only so much of his metaphysical thought as may be helpful in the understanding of the subject in hand. We shall avoid, so far as possible, the peculiarly technical and difficult terminology of the author, and, where this is impossible, we shall try to translate this terminology into such other terms as, while they may lay little claim to being transcendental, may yet lay some claim to being perspicuous.

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