Fichte-Studien 49:119-138 (2021)

In the wake of the massive criticism of Kant’s deduction of the categories in the first Critique, Fichte starts providing what he takes an improved version of such a deduction to be. This article aims at investigating the transformation he thereby introduces into the Kantian thought. I will do so mainly with respect to the deduction’s architectonical dimension, i.e. by investigating the role of the deduction for the Wissenschaftslehre as a whole. Concretely, I will defend the following theses: By identifying the deduction of the categories and the metaphysical system, Fichte moves away both from Kant’s conception of a system and from that of a deduction. It is the unique character of Fichte’s conception of a first principle of a system that allows for an identification between system and deduction.
Keywords Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy  Major Philosophers
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DOI 10.5840/fichte2021498
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