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Kienhow Goh
National University of Singapore
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    Reinhold and the Promise of a Higher Metaphysics.Kienhow Goh - 2018 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 56 (2):193-215.
    While Reinhold was no doubt interested in harnessing Kantian practical reason as a rational ground for our fundamental religious convictions, it remains unclear as to whether he reserves any role for theoretical or speculative reason in moral faith, and if so, what. This paper argues that he continues to assign an important role to speculative reason in the establishment and dissemination of a “religion of reason” in his efforts across three major texts of the Jena period (namely, the 1786-87 Letters (...)
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  2. Fichte on the Human Body as an Instrument of Perception.Kienhow Goh - 2015 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (1):37-56.
    This paper considers what Fichte's conception of the human body as an instrument of perception entails for his radical principle of the primacy of practice. According to Fichte, perception is a function of what he calls the "articulation" of the human body, as opposed to its "organization." I first provide an interpretation of his theory of the human-bodily articulation by arguing that he construes it as a product of culture as well as nature. On this basis, I go on to (...)
     
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  3. Schopenhauer on the Role of the Intellect in Human Cognition.Kienhow Goh - 2013 - Southwest Philosophy Review 29 (1).
    In Schopenhauer’s thought, the will’s primacy over the intellect seems to suggest that the intellect plays no role in determining what we do. I provide an alternative picture of the intellect as actively deliberating and choosing in abstract cognition from what it passively receives from the will in natural cognition.
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    A Closer Look at Reinhold's Theory of Consciousness.Kienhow Goh - 2017 - Philosophical Forum 48 (4):409-422.
    This paper provides an overview of the theory of consciousness that is contained in the “theory of the power of representation” or “elementary philosophy” of Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757-1823) during the period of his professorship at the University of Jena. It examines the development the theory undergoes from its first formulation in the Versuch einer neuen menschlichen Theorie des Vorstellungsvermögens (1789) to its subsequent revision in Beiträge zur Berichtigung bisheriger Miβverständnisse der Philosophen (1790). Following Martin Bondeli’s cue, it presents the (...)
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    Michelle Kosch. Fichte’s Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-19-880966-1. Pp. Viii + 190. £21.25. [REVIEW]Kienhow Goh - 2018 - Hegel Bulletin 39 (2):1-5.
  6. Drive.Kienhow Goh - 2020 - In Marina F. Bykova (ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook to Fichte. London: pp. 399-407.
    This chapter elucidates the important Fichtean concept of drive by examining how it is put to use in the Jena Wissenschaftslehre to account for the I’s positing of an object in general, its comprehension of nature as purposive, and its consciousness of its own pure nature. In the Foundation of the Entire Wissenschaftslehre, the nature of drive is first clarified as the form the I necessarily takes in and for itself inasmuch as it strives. Further configurations of the determination are (...)
     
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  7. Freedom.Kienhow Goh - 2020 - In Marina F. Bykova (ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook to Fichte. London: pp. 391-98.
    No concept is more controversial in, and yet more central to, the Wissenschaftslehre than that of freedom. This chapter presents Fichte as an empirical indeterminist and a transcendental determinist. Underlying his better-known empirical account of freedom of voluntary choice, I argue, is a transcendental account of “freedom in itself.” The latter, given from the transcendental viewpoint, presents my world as a thoroughly determinate system of possible (inner and outer) experience, including the possible experience of what I can and will do (...)
     
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  8. Fichte’s Anti-Dogmatism and the Autonomy of Reason.Kienhow Goh - 2019 - In Steven Hoeltzel (ed.), The Palgrave Fichte Handbook. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 139-60.
    This chapter offers a fresh perspective on Fichte’s controversial critique of dogmatism in the “First and Second Introductions” to the Attempt at a New Presentation of the Science of Knowledge. It argues that the issue at stake in Fichte’s anti-dogmatism is the demand that reason be thoroughly determined from within itself and hence not be determined by anything outside it. It then addresses the charge of Fichte’s two-mindedness about the effectiveness of his refutation of dogmatism by arguing that the absolute (...)
     
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  9. Intersubjectivity and the Communality of Our Final End in Fichte’s Vocation of Man.Kienhow Goh - 2013 - In Fichte’s Vocation of Man: New Interpretative and Critical Essays. Albany, NY, USA: SUNY Press. pp. 173-84.
    This paper aims to clarify how, as Fichte himself claims in a 1800 letter draft, the theory of intersubjectivity he presents in the 1800 Vocation of Man marks an improvement over the theory he presents in the 1798 System of Ethics. Taking my departure from Marco Ivaldo’s suggestion that Fichte ceases to rely on the “good” but still “rather dogmatic” Leibnizian hypothesis of preestablished harmony in the former work in the way that he does in the latter, I argue that (...)
     
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  10. Intersubjectivity and the Communality of Our Final End in Fichte’s Vocation of Man.Kienhow Goh - 2013 - In Fichte’s Vocation of Man: New Interpretative and Critical Essays. Albany, NY, USA: pp. 173-84.
    This paper aims to clarify how, as Fichte himself claims in a 1800 letter draft, the theory of intersubjectivity he presents in the 1800 Vocation of Man marks an improvement over the theory he presents in the 1798 System of Ethics. Taking my departure from Marco Ivaldo’s suggestion that Fichte ceases to rely on the “good” but still “rather dogmatic” Leibnizian hypothesis of preestablished harmony in the former work in the way that he does in the latter, I argue that (...)
     
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  11. The Hidden Moral Teleology in Fichte’s System of Ethics.Kienhow Goh - 2018 - Kant and Fichte (II). Revista de Estud(I)Os Sobre Fichte.
    This article investigates how the Kantian moral law is employed by Fichte in the System of Ethics of 1798 as a cosmic principle in order to deliver a deduction of its applicability in the world of sense. It considers how Kant’s conception of a moral teleology in the 1790 Critique of the Power of Judgment inspires Fichte to harness the concept of the original, determinate end of a natural thing in the deduction as a means of mediating the Kantian “supersensible (...)
     
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  12. I-Hood as the Speculative Ground of Fichte’s Real Ethics.Kienhow Goh - forthcoming - In The Enigma of Fichtes First Principles: 49 (Fichte-Studien). Brill. pp. 267-287.
    This article considers how the I furnishes a ground for the moral principle’s reality or applicability, or the synthetic unification of the higher and the lower powers of desire, through its originally determined nature. It argues that the nature of I-hood as an immediate unity of seeing and being, an absolute identity of the subjective and objective, is key to securing the moral principle’s applicability. On its basis, Fichte envisages an originally determined system of drives and feelings on the one (...)
     
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    Benjamin Rutter , Hegel on the Modern Arts . Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Kienhow Goh - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (1):51-54.
    This book review offers the reader some perspectives on Benjamin Rutter's book Hegel on the Modern Arts as well as a concise summary of its contents.
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    On the Ethical Significance of Fichte’s Theology.Kienhow Goh - 2020 - Idealistic Studies 50 (2):121-42.
    This article shows that Fichte’s ethics and theology in the Jena period are conceived in intimate connection with each other. It explores what Fichte’s theology, as it is promulgated in the “Divine Governance” essay of 1798, might tell us about his account of the ethical law’s material content, as it is expounded in the System of Ethics of the same year. It does so with the aim of defending the standard interpretation of Fichte as a staunch advocate of deontology. From (...)
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    Christopher J. Insole, Kant and the Divine: From Contemplation to the Moral Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, Pp. Xvi + 426, ISBN 9780198853527 (Hbk) £85.00. [REVIEW]Kienhow Goh - 2021 - Kantian Review 26 (2):352-356.
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    Gabriel Gottlieb , Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right: A Critical Guide. Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Kienhow Goh - 2018 - Philosophy in Review 38 (1):14-16.
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    Michelle Kosch. Fichte’s Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-19-880966-1. Pp. Viii + 190. £21.25.Kienhow Goh - 2020 - Hegel Bulletin 41 (1):136-140.
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    I-Hood as the Speculative Ground of Fichte’s Real Ethics.Kienhow Goh - 2021 - Fichte-Studien 49:267-287.
    This article considers how the I furnishes a ground for the reality or applicability of the moral principle, or the synthetic unification of the higher and the lower powers of desire, through its originally determined nature. It argues that the nature of I-hood as an immediate unity of seeing and being, an absolute identity of the subjective and objective, is key to establishing the moral principle’s applicability. On its basis, Fichte envisages an originally determined system of drives and feelings on (...)
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