Consciousness, Intuition and the Infinite in Fichte, Schelling and Hegel

The examination of the “unconditional” principle of knowledge is – in conjunction with the concepts of consciousness, intuition and the infinite – the core of German idealism in Fichte, Schelling and Hegel. According to Fichte, the “absolute first” and “unconditional” principle of all human knowledge has to be found, so that philosophy can actually be the “science of science” or the “epistemology”. Therefore, the author first reconstructs Fichte’s criticism of Kant in the radicalization of the concept of subjectivity and the transgression of the boundary to intellectual intuition.

Andrea Gentile, Bewusstsein, Anschauung und das Unendliche bei Fichte, Schelling und Hegel.
Über den unbedingten Grundsatz der Erkenntnis, Freiburg,-München, Verlag Karl Alber, 2018.

In the second part, new perspectives are proposed in the analysis of Schelling’s idealism: against the background of an analysis of the intellectual, aesthetic and productive intuition of Schelling, the relationship between natural philosophy and transcendental philosophy is examined.

The third part of the book examines Hegel’s critique of Fichte and Schelling as well as Kant (in the Encyclopaedia) and finally also examines the meaning of the concepts of “self-consciousness” and the “infinite” from transcendental idealism to Hegel’s “absolute idealism”. The culminating point is the interrelation between the finite and the infinite, which extends through all areas of theoretical philosophy.

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Andrea Gentile (2019, April 12). Consciousness, Intuition and the Infinite in Fichte, Schelling and Hegel. Guglielmo Marconi University - magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2024, from

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