WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE AN IMAGE. FROM FICHTE'S THINKING WORKSHOP (HIS DIARY ENTRY FOR THE 25TH OCTOBER 1813)

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Abstract

This article deals with one of the major philosophical problems addressed by Fichte in his diary, namely the nature of what he calls "Bild" (image). "Bild" is a recurring theme, and in fact it runs like a connecting thread through Fichte's notes. The Author addresses two questions: What does Fichte mean by "Bild" (image) here? And what constitutes an image what does it take to make an image in the Fichtean sense? This brief outline focuses on the following main topics: a) image in the plural and in the singular (an all-embracing image as the "stuff everything is made or); b) what it takes to make an image in the latter sense; c) seeing and the seen ("Sehen" and "Gesehenes"); d) the "Durch" and the expanded "Durch"; e) the image and the image of the image (the concept viz. the "Als"); f) image appearing to itself as image and image appearing to itself as object; g) image and what Fichte terms "nicht Abgeschlossenheit".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-735
Number of pages35
JournalRivista di storia della filosofia
Volume69
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • image
  • being
  • thing-in-itself
  • seeing/the seen
  • unity/duality
  • the Durch
  • the Als

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