Single Idea 22023

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / d. Subjective value]

Full Idea

Fichte placed emphasis on human spontaneity, on nothing 'counting' for us unless we somehow bestowed some kind of status on it.

Gist of Idea

Fichte's idea of spontaneity implied that nothing counts unless we give it status

Source

report of Johann Fichte (The Science of Knowing (Wissenschaftslehre) [1st ed] [1794]) by Terry Pinkard - German Philosophy 1760-1860 06

Book Reference

Pinkard,Terry: 'German Philosophy 1760-1860' [CUP 2002], p.134


A Reaction

This idea evidentally arises from Kant's account of thought. Pinkard says this idea inspired the early Romantics. I would have thought the drive to exist (Spinoza's conatus) would make things count whether we liked it or not.