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Freedom: Freedom is the ability to live one's life without constraints, according to one's own values and beliefs. See also Liberty, Community, State, Governance, Society, Individuals, Democracy.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Johann Gottlieb Fichte on Freedom - Dictionary of Arguments

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Freedom/Fichte/Höffe: Fichte understands his entire thinking as an analysis of the concept of freedom: According to his basic idea, the true beginning of all knowledge is an event of freedom. However, the entire knowledge does not originate "in" a freedom, but "arises freely". This insight, which is original in a factual sense, has an enormous scope. Neither the theoretical nor the practical knowledge comes about of its own accord, without a personal contribution. The subject must rather get involved with knowledge, open itself to truth and to morality (first principle of the doctrine of science)(1) and at the same time obey it (second principle).
, >Action, >Knowledge, >Subject, >Subjectivity.
During the French occupation of Berlin, he fought with pathos-laden speeches to the German nation (1808) against Napoleon's foreign rule, for maturity, for independent intellectual activity and for a love of the fatherland permeated by it.
Höffe: Fichte's philosophy of freedom inspires early romanticism carried by literary critics and
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writers. Carried by Tieck, the two brothers Schlegel and Novalis, it influenced the literature, painting, science and philosophy of almost all European countries.

1. J.G. Fichte, Grundlage der gesamten Wissenschaftslehre, 1794/95

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Fichte I
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Zur Politik, Moral und Philosophie der Geschichte Berlin 1971

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016

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