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Michelle Kosch
Cornell University
  1. Freedom and Reason in Kant, Schelling, and Kierkegaard.Michelle Kosch - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
    Michelle Kosch examines the conceptions of free will and the foundations of ethics in the work of Kant, Schelling, and Kierkegaard. She seeks to understand the history of German idealism better by looking at it through the lens of these issues, and to understand Kierkegaard better by placing his thought in this context. Kosch argues for a new interpretation of Kierkegaard's theory of agency, that Schelling was a major influence and Kant a major target of criticism, and that both the (...)
  2. What Abraham Couldn't Say.Michelle Kosch - 2008 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):59-78.
    The explicit topic of Fear and Trembling's third Problema (the longest single section, accounting for a third of the book's total length), the theme of Abraham's silence stands not far in the background in every other section, and its importance is flagged by the pseudonym—Johannes de silentio—under which Kierkegaard had the book published. Here I aim to defend an interpretation of the meaning of the third Problema's central claim—that Abraham cannot explain himself, 'cannot speak'—and to argue on its basis for (...)
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  3. Agency and Self‐Sufficiency in Fichte's Ethics.Michelle Kosch - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 (2):348-380.
  4. Practical Deliberation and the Voice of Conscience in Fichte's 1798 System of Ethics.Michelle Kosch - 2014 - Philosophers' Imprint 14.
    J.G. Fichte’s 1798 System of Ethics is seldom read, despite the fact that it remains, after more than two centuries, one of the most original and insightful efforts at a systematic normative ethical theory on Kantian foundations. Part of the reason for its obscurity lies in the perceived implausibility of Fichte’s account of practical deliberation and of the authority of individual conscience. The view typically attributed to Fichte is a conjunction of four claims: that moral deliberation consists entirely in consultation (...)
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  5. Fichtean Kantianism in Nineteenth Century Ethics.Michelle Kosch - 2015 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (1):111-132.
  6. 'Despair' in Kierkegaard's Either/Or.Michelle Kosch - 2006 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (1):85-97.
    : The category of despair plays a central role in Kierkegaard's pseudonymous corpus, but its meaning is controversial. This paper offers an interpretation of its use in Either/Or (in particular, in the claim the aesthetic life is despair and the ethical life freedom from despair). After examining and rejecting two recent alternatives, I argue that despair is the conscious or unconscious assumption of a passive or fatalistic attitude toward one's existence, which attitude is informed by a misconstrual of the nature (...)
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  7. Kierkegaard's Ethicist: Fichte's Role in Kierkegaard's Construction of the Ethical Standpoint.Michelle Kosch - 2006 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 88 (3):261-295.
    I argue that Fichte (rather than Kant or Hegel or some amalgam of the two) was the primary historical model for the ethical standpoint described in Kierkegaard's Either/Or II. I then explain how looking at Kierkegaard's texts with Fichte in mind helps in interpreting the criticism of the ethical standpoint in works like The Sickness unto Death and Concluding Unscientific Postscript, as well as the significance of the discussion of secular ethics in Fear and Trembling. I conclude with a brief (...)
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  8. Formal Freedom in Fichte's System of Ethics.Michelle Kosch - 2013 - Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism 9:150-168.
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  9. Idealism and Freedom in Schelling's Freiheitsschrift.Michelle Kosch - 2014 - In Lara Ostaric (ed.), Interpreting Schelling: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
    The 1809 essay Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom and Related Matters marked a turning point in Schelling’s thinking about freedom. In various early works he had endorsed a compatibilist account of free will, arguing that acts could be free in the sense required for morally responsible agency, while still being necessary from a causal and even a metaphysical point of view. In later work he would endorse an incompatiblist conception of freedom as involving radical choice between good (...)
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  10. The Ethical Context of Either/Or.Michelle Kosch - 2015 - Konturen 7.
    In an earlier paper I argued that J.G. Fichte (rather than Kant or Hegel or some amalgam) was the primary historical model for the ethical standpoint described in Kierkegaard’s Either/Or II . There I offered a list of reasons for thinking that Hegel was less important than some believed and that Kierkegaard addressed Kantianism largely in its Fichtean form. In the interim I have discovered another reason to add to that list: as it happens, there was a quite general consensus (...)
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  11. Kierkegaard.Michelle Kosch - 2015 - In Michael Forster Kristin Gjesdal (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of 19th century Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
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    Individuality and Rights in Fichte's Ethics.Michelle Kosch - 2017 - Philosophers' Imprint 17.
    I propose solutions to two longstanding interpretive questions about J.G. Fichte’s 1796–97 Foundations of Natural Right: 1. What does Fichte mean when he describes the theory of right as ‘independent’ of moral theory, and what motivates that independence thesis? 2. What does Fichte mean when he describes requirements of right and the principle of right as ‘hypothetical’ imperatives, and how is that characterization consistent with his claim to have derived the concept of right as a condition of possibility of self-consciousness? (...)
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    'Actuality' in Schelling and Kierkegaard.Michelle Kosch - 2002 - In Jon Stewart & N. J. Cappelorn (eds.), Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook. De Gruyter.
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    Introduction.Michelle Kosch - 2012 - Philosophical Forum 43 (3):243-246.
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    Freedom and Immanence.Michelle Kosch - 2000 - In James Giles (ed.), Kierkegaard and Freedom. Macmillan/St. Martins.
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  16. Gasché on Scheler.Michelle Kosch - 2010 - Philosophical Forum 41 (1-2):127-130.
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    Horstmann on Cohen.Michelle Kosch - 2008 - Philosophical Forum 39 (2):139-142.
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  18. Choosing Evil: Schelling, Kierkegaard and the Legacy of Kant's Conception of Freedom.Michelle Kosch - 1999 - Dissertation, Columbia University
    The dissertation traces the approach to the problem of free will---in particular, the question of whether moral evil can be freely chosen---from Kant through Schelling to Kierkegaard. The goal is to clarify the historical transition from German idealism to the first version of existential philosophy, by showing the philosophical concerns of the latter to be implicit in unresolved problems in the former. I begin by examining Kant's attempt to reconcile what is essentially an incompatibilist notion of free will with the (...)
     
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  19. Fichte's Ethics.Michelle Kosch - 2018 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
     
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