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Addresses to the German Nation (Cambridge Texts in the by Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Gregory Moore

By Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Gregory Moore

This can be the 1st translation of Fichte's addresses to the German kingdom for nearly a hundred years. The sequence of 14 speeches, introduced while Berlin was once below French career after Prussia's disastrous defeat on the conflict of Jena in 1806, is generally considered as a founding rfile of German nationalism, celebrated and reviled in equivalent degree. Fichte's account of the individuality of the German humans and his trust within the local superiority of its tradition helped to form German nationwide id through the 19th century and past. With an intensive creation that places Fichte's argument in its highbrow and ancient context, this version brings a big and seminal paintings to a contemporary readership. the entire traditional sequence beneficial properties are supplied, together with notes for additional analyzing, chronology, and short biographies of key individuals.

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CPA GA GC Characteristics of the Present Age, in Popular Works, trans. William Smith, 4th edn (London: Tru¨ber, 1889), vol. 2. J. G. Fichte–Gesamtausgabe der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, ed. Reinhard Lauth, Hans Gliwitzky and Erich Fuchs (Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 1964– ). Heinrich Pestalozzi, How Gertrud Teaches Her Children (1801), trans. Lucy E. Holland and Francis C. Turner (London: Allen and Unwin, 1938). xlv Addresses to the German Nation Foreword The following addresses were delivered as a series of lectures in Berlin during the winter of 1807–8 and are a continuation of my Characteristics of the Present Age, which I presented during the winter of 1804–5 in the same location (and which were printed by this publisher in 1806).

Of this material I was reminded by the circumstances that led to these blank pages arising in the first place, for it would seem to have general application in this instance also. I refer the reader in particular to the conclusion of the Twelfth Address, which touches on this same subject. Berlin, April 1808 Fichte 3 Foreword From a Treatise on Machiavelli as writer, with extracts from his works I. From the conclusion of that treatise We can think of two species of men against whom we should like to safeguard ourselves if we could.

The text is based on the first edition of the Reden an die deutsche Nation published in 1808 by Reimer in Berlin and has been cross-referenced with the text that appears in vol. i/10 of the Gesamtausgabe der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2005). In compiling my notes, I have drawn in part on the commentary included in the latter. Fichte intended each address to be rushed into print immediately after its delivery. This meant that the manuscripts had to be submitted to the office of the Prussian censor for individual approval.

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