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Matters of Spirit: J. G. Fichte and the Technological Imagination (Keystone Books)

Matters of Spirit: J. G. Fichte and the Technological Imagination (Keystone Books)

Current price: $29.95
Publication Date: January 1st, 2010
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
ISBN:
9780271034751
Pages:
160
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Description

This book offers a radically new interpretation of the entire philosophy of J. G. Fichte by showing the impact of nineteenth-century psychological techniques and technologies on the formation of his theory of the imagination-the very centerpiece of his philosophical system. By situating Fichte's philosophy within the context of nineteenth-century German science and culture, the book establishes a new genealogy, one that shows the extent to which German idealism's transcendental account of the social remains dependent upon the scientific origins of psychoanalysis in the material techniques of Mesmerism. The book makes it clear that the rational, transcendental account of spirit, imagination, and the social has its source in the psychological phenomena of affective rapport. Specifically, the imagination undergoes a double displacement in which it is ultimately subject to external influence, the influence of a material technique, or, in short, a technology.

About the Author

F. Scott Scribner is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hillyer College, at the University of Hartford.