Ideas from 'The Science of Rights' by Johann Fichte [1797], by Theme Structure

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16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 6. Body sustains Self
Effective individuals must posit a specific material body for themselves
                        Full Idea: Rational beings cannot posit themselves as effective individuals without ascribing to themselves a material body and determining it in doing so.
                        From: Johann Fichte (The Science of Rights [1797], p.87), quoted by Ludwig Siep - Fichte
                        A reaction: To be free entails a belief that one is 'effective', and a body is our only concept for that. This seems to be a transcendental proof that the body must exist, which is a neat inverted move! The Self sustains the body, for Fichte.