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    Johann Gottlieb Fichte(Author)

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  • By Aly on October 3, 2009

    The publication I bought from Amazon is a disaster. It is quite literally the worst publication I have ever seen. Amazon should ban this publisher(general books). Let me tell you why. While i was excited to purchase Fichte and have indeed bought many philosophy books from Amazon I was a bit apprhensive. This book is not poorly translated , it is not even translated by a human! The publisher had a computer scan and translate the original Vocation of man! To make matters worse no one and I mean no one took the time too actually look at the translation! I have read Fichte before and I never knew he wrote lines similiar to "thus the #$%mmMhfksjgSSS is theidea of hurt [email protected]$*___//" and those type of mistakes are everywhere. If you want to see the worst book ever made this amy be it! Dont buy this book! and dont endorse lazy publishers who dont even open thier product to see if it even readable. THIS IS UNREADABLE! This is from General books. Really a shame since Fichtes stuff is rather charming.

  • By Colin McLarty on June 7, 2011

    Contrary to another reviewer's claims, this book is translated by a human being, namely William Smith who died in 1896. The publisher is not lazy, and obviously selling a $13 edition of a book by Fichte will not make anyone rich.The publisher is very clear that this is a fast and cheap, fully automated OCR scan of an old edition, not proofread by humans, so that there will be many typos and even some large pieces of missing text -- as a way to make many hard to find books available at low price.Overall, though, it does not work. Many crucial passages are unreadable. When you read Fichte referring to "subs-Q tance" you know this is an OCR induced typo for "substance." When you read "Es rvthjn Jhat ctjjally, exists" you can see this means "everything that actually exists." But then Fichte explains the crucial matter of how actual being has properties: "in a determinate mepjure asJWRJbuandji. actual,. existsjalthough I may adm. it. rajt.-ioahiluy,, Jhoroiighly to exhaust all the properties )fjmvjone objectr,." You can barely make out half of what that means, and many such jumbles are much longer.The publisher gives you web access to a downloadable pdf of the complete original, and it is easily readable. With current technology the publisher would do a better service by binding and selling these pdf scans. Someday automated OCR will work: it will produce say 99.5% accuracy and it will not lose formating such as footnotes and it will not destroy graphics. This publisher is bringing that day closer. But it is not here yet.

  • By Dylan O'Brien on April 25, 2017

    Fichte's Vocation of Man covers more ground in less than 200 pages than most Philosophers and Theologians can cover in 2,000. There are three sections in this book: Doubt, Knowledge, and Faith. These three sections would suggest to the uninitiated observer that Fichte's going to lead us out of our sorrow and doubt towards faith. This misconception, along with the work's seemingly masculinist title do a great deal to detract the contemporary intellectual. That's unfortunate, because it's really one of the most user-friendly, content-rich works available to the modern philosopher.In fact, in "The Vocation", Fichte delineates three modes of philosophizing which remain as popular today as they were when he wrote it. The section titled "Doubt" addresses materialistic skepticism, a worldview which, though cynical and self-limiting, often plays itself off as the most honest of perspectives on things. This worldview embraces the limitations of experience and refuses to admit the caprice of human imagination to the inner chambers of truth. It cannot establish, however, any level of certainty, or knowledge. This honesty, while admirable, quickly becomes indistinguishable from the most cunning of subterfuges if it remains unchecked by other modalities. "Knowledge" moves beyond this, quickly bringing us to a certainty that Doubt could never conceive of. Although a thorough examination of things leads us towards skepticism, if we search for the origin of these things we doubt themselves, we arrive at the point of genesis: knowledge, which is only later doubted. Finally, in Faith, we learn specifically "how" knowledge is generated. This is extremely profound, and in this section Fichte defuses many of the asinine arguments of moral relativism and absolutism, hedonism and asceticism which are still put forth today.Over all, if you are interested in German Idealism, or even if you are uninterested in philosophy but are struggling with theological, philosophical, social, or emotional issues, Fichte's "Vocation" may very well be right up your alley. It's a small investment both financially and temporally, but it packs a wallop on the scale of Hegel's Phenomenology, and that's not insignificant. Hegel's Phenomenology can take years or even decades to master, but the life-altering insights of Fichte's Vocation can easily be appreciated in the space of a month.


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