Fichte and Recognition

  • Heikki IkäheimoEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Springer Reference Geisteswissenschaften book series (SPREFGEIST)


In his Foundations of Natural Right Johann Gottlieb Fichte presents and ambitious attempt to deduce a system of rights from the necessary requirements of self-consciousness. ‘Recognition’ (Anerkennung) in several senses of the term plays important roles in the deduction. This entry reconstructs Fichte’s ambivalent use of ‘recognition’ as well as that of closely related terms in the book. Fichte’s deduction is perhaps eventually a failure, but his struggle with the conflicting desiderata of his thinking is still highly instructive reading for anyone interested in or working on theories of recognition.


Fichte Personhood Self-consciousness Freedom Rights 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralien

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