European Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):608-632 (2015)

Authors
Michael Nance
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Abstract
In this paper I present an interpretation of J. G. Fichte's transcendental argument for the necessity of mutual recognition in Foundations of Natural Right. Fichte's argument purports to show that, as a condition of the possibility of self-consciousness, we must take ourselves to stand in relations of mutual recognition with other agents like ourselves. After reconstructing the steps of Fichte's argument, I present what I call the ‘modal dilemma’, which highlights a serious ambiguity in Fichte's deduction. According to the modal dilemma, the conclusion to Fichte's transcendental argument—that as a condition of the possibility of our self-consciousness, we must recognize and be recognized by others—expresses either metaphysical or normative necessity. However, no normative conclusion follows from Fichte's premises, and the metaphysical claim that does follow from his argument appears to be implausibly strong. Thus the argument looks like a failure on either interpretation of the conclusion's modality. In the penultimate section of the paper, I propose a new interpretation of the argument that avoids the modal dilemma and provides a normative grounding of Fichte's concept of right
Keywords Fichte  Recognition  Transcendental Arguments
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2012.00552.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 52,919
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Transcendental Arguments.Barry Stroud - 1968 - Journal of Philosophy 65 (9):241-256.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Why Humean Constructivists Should Become Kantian Constructivists.Sem de Maagt - 2019 - Philosophical Explorations 22 (3):280-293.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Fichte and Hegel on Recognition.James Alexander Clarke - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2):365-385.
Fichte's Intersubjective I.Allen W. Wood - 2006 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 49 (1):62 – 79.
Fichte.Erich Fuchs - 2011 - Idealistic Studies 41 (1-2):113-123.
Fichte's Transcendental Theology.Benjamin D. Crowe - 2010 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 92 (1):68-88.
Hegel's Critique of Fichte in the 1802/3 Essay on Natural Right.James Clarke - 2011 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (3):207 - 225.
Fichte and the Dream Argument.Dietmar H. Heidemann - 2010 - Fichte-Studien 35:357-370.
The Self in Early Nyāya: A Minimal Conclusion.Monima Chadha - 2013 - Asian Philosophy 23 (1):24-42.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-07-13

Total views
108 ( #86,149 of 2,343,711 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #332,548 of 2,343,711 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes