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Philosophy Graduate Student Portfolio Papers Guide

Guide for portfolio papers

Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Editions

Fichte fixated on finding an absolute basis for knowledge, and his life's work reflected this. Since his focus remained on that task, the titles of his works did not vary: he wrote a dozen versions of the Science of Knowledge over the course of his life. These are typically distinguished by referencing the date they were originally published. The edition specified by the Graduate Student Handbook is the 1794 work.

 

The series edited by Fuchs et al., above, is the standard critical edition of Fichte's works. It is divided into four series: (1) published works (2) unpublished works (3) correspondence and (4) lecture transcripts (written by his students). The 1794 Wissenschaftslehre (which includes references to later editions and their variations) is in volume 1.2.

 

Note that there was an earlier edition of Fichte's Complete Works which was edited by his son. This edition was used for many years and one can still find some references to it in select literature. However, it is generally not considered standard since Fichte's son occasionally added sentences or words where he thought them necessary.

 

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Items in Bold are available via online access from Emory's collections.

[Note: Writings on Fichte are much more common in French and German; the journal Fichte-Studien regularly published articles on Fichte, but most of them are in German.]

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

Editions

For a long time, there was only one English translation of Schelling's "Philosophische Untersuchungen über das Wesen der menschlichen Freyheit," by Gutmann (1936). A much-needed updated translation was finally completed in 2006, by Love and Schmidt, and has since become the standard.

 

The critical edition of Schelling's works is found in his Historisch-kritische Ausgabe, edited by Baumgartner et al. The Human Freedom piece is found in Series 1 (Werke), Volume 17.

 

Online Resources:

Bibliographies:

Secondary Literature:

Items in Bold are available via online access from Emory's collections.