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Ed's Favorite Quotations. Emphasis added. References below.

JOHANN GOTTLIEB FICHTE

   
The Science of Knowing.

" . . . [L]ife is just as truth is: the self-grounded, held and sustained by itself. Truth is, therefore, in and through itself only life's image, and likewise only an image of life gives truth . . ."1a

" . . . [Y]ou could not describe pure certainty otherwise than as pure unchangeability; and [you could not describe] unchangeability otherwise than as the persisting oneness of the "what" or of quality."1b

". . . [W]e view ourselves in the very same way we have described certainty, as persisting unchangeably in the construction's single same "what"; we are what we say, and we say what we are. . ."1c

"Simple existence . . . does not have its ground in itself, but instead in an absolute purpose. And this purpose is that absolute knowing should be. Everything is posited and determined through this purpose; and it achieves and exhibits its true destination only in the attainment of this purpose. Value exists only in knowing, indeed in absolute knowing; all else is without value."1d

"Seeing posited as seeing means that it is thought . . .
"Thus, we genetically derive being there {Dasein}, the true inner essence of existence {Existenz}.
" . . . [T]he absolute insight of reason brings absolute existence {Dasein} (of seeing, in fact) with itself. It does so immediately [in the course of] performing the action, and so the expression of doing so.
"1e*

"We indeed are reason, because reason is simply the I, and cannot be anything else than I."1f

"'Reason itself is immediately and unconditionally the ground of an existence, indeed of its own existence, since it cannot be of any other.'"1g*

"Absolute reason is absolute (accomplished) thinking {Intelligieren} of oneself. Thinking oneself {Selbstintelligieren} as such, is reason."1h*


     

J. G. Fichte (1762-1814). The Science of Knowing: J. G. Fichte's 1804 Lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre. Translated by Walter E. Wright. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005.
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The System of Ethics.
 

J. G. Fichte. The System of Ethics. Edited by Daniel Breazeale and Günter Zöller. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
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Foundations of Natural Right.
 

J. G. Fichte. Foundations of Natural Right, according to the Principles of the Wissenschaftslehre. Edited by Frederick Neuhouser. Translated by Michael Baur. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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The Vocation of Man.
 

J. G. Fichte. The Vocation of Man. Translated by Peter Preuss. Peter Preuss, 1987. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
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* Italics in the original.

1 J. G. Fichte (1762-1814). The Science of Knowing: J. G. Fichte's 1804 Lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre. Translated by Walter E. Wright. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005.
a Eleventh Lecture, at 91.
b Twenty-third Lecture, at 167.
c Ibid., at 168.
d Twenty-fifth Lecture, at 182.
e Twenty-seventh Lecture, at 190-191.
f Ibid., at 192.
g Ibid., at 193.
h Twenty-eighth Lecture, at 198.

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