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Fichtean successor to feudalism

Dante was pre-eminent in establishing humanism as the new philosophy of the Renaissance (or post-feudalism). That philosophy reached its zenith with Fichte, even though it did so as the Counter-Renaissance reassertion of feudalism (or neo-feudalism) was almost complete. Fichte’s philosophy was developed behind enemy lines so to speak.


Johann Gottlieb Fichte

This made Fichte’s philosophy not so much the ideological successor to feudalism, but rather a key influence upon the Romantic reaction to the dominant neo-feudalism.

Fichte’s philosophy represents a peak anti-Spinozism and a peak anti-feudalism, expressing Renaissance ideas, i.e. pro-nation state, but anti-oligarchy, anti-globalism.

Fichte had turned the monist materialist Spinoza on his head in formulating his own idealist philosophy of the Absolute I. Rather than continue his work, Schelling and Hegel sought a path of mediation between Fichte’s Absolute I and a persistent and residual external reality.


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Spinozism as Marxism Spinozism as Marxism The Romantic Movement was an emanation of the Promethean struggle for freedom against a mind-independent reality, ‘the struggle between good and evil the essential wheel in the working of things’, first articulated by Zarathustra.
John Dunn

Quote every hour: I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them. Ezra Pound

Humanism restored Humanism restored Fichte contended that God is not dead Being before which man is passive, but rather pure action. In effect Fichte posited God as the moral world order, which humanity continually strives to realise here on earth.
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