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Title: Fichte's theory of free will
Author: Phillips, Rory Lawrence
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 8637
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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Fichte’s account of free will is at the heart of his philosophy. However, there exists no full-length attempt to come to an understanding of what Fichte’s account is, and what it implies. I will therefore present Fichte’s views on freedom as they appear in his major work, the 1798 System of Ethics, supported by a variety of other important texts. I will give an exegesis of Fichte’s arguments, trying primarily to display the arguments clearly, but also offering some reconstructive remarks and defences of Fichte’s views against various challenges. I then move on to think about issues connected with free will, mainly the issues of how evil actions are possible, the connections between free will and time, and the causation at play in free will. I conclude that Fichte has a coherent account of strong libertarian freedom, that has significant relation to his views not only on self-consciousness but also on the realm of nature, as well as God.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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