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New Release: Birgit Sandkaulen, “The Philosophy of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi” (Bloomsbury, 2023)

New Release: Birgit Sandkaulen, "The Philosophy of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

We are glad to give notice of the release of the volume The Philosophy of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. On the Contradiction between System and Freedom, by Birgit Sandkaulen (Bloomsbury, 2023). The volume provides the English translation, by Matt Erlin, of the book Jacobis Philosophie. Über den Widerspruch zwischen System und Freiheit, by Birgit Sandkaulen (Meiner, 2019).

From the publisher’s website:

The contemporaries of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819) openly acknowledged his towering importance. Both Fichte and Hegel praised him in the same breath with Kant as having launched the philosophical revolution they sought to complete. Yet for more than a century, misrepresentations of Jacobi’s thought have stood in the way of a proper appreciation of his insights. In her study of this long-neglected German philosopher, internationally-renowned Jacobi expert Birgit Sandkaulen interprets his philosophical writings in their intellectual context. Originally published in German and translated into English for the first time, this is a major contribution to reading the life, work, and legacy of Jacobi. The biographical chapter on Jacobi’s life as a public intellectual was written specifically for this English edition.

Offering new perspectives on Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, Sandkaulen focuses on Jacobi’s specific conception of practical realism. This conception, the source of Jacobi’s famous defense of faith and human freedom, matches his critique of the German Idealists: the post­-Kantian systems of German Idealism were bound to fail. Sandkaulen shows us that long before 20th-century philosophers took up this line of thought, indeed at the very origin of the epoch-making developments of classical German philosophy, Jacobi articulated a practical, ethical, personal realism that is as philosophically appealing and relevant today as it was in its time.


Table of Contents

Note on Translation
List of Abbreviations

Part I. Leitmotifs
1. Life and Work
2. Jacobi’s “Spinoza and Antispinoza”
3. Groundless Belief: A Philosophical Provocation
4. Does Spirit have Ésprit? On the Figures of Soul, Spirit, and Reason in Jacobi’s Philosophy
5. Between Spinoza and Kant: Jacobi on Freedom and Persons
6. That, What, or Who? Jacobi and the Discourse on Persons
7. Brother Henriette? Deconstructions of Friendship in Derrida and Jacobi
8. “I am and there are things outside me”. Overcoming the “Consciousness-Paradigm” with Jacobi’s Realism
9. The “Tiresome Thing in Itself.” Kant – Jacobi – Fichte

Part II. Critical Relations
10. I-hood and Person: The Fichtean Aporia and the Debate with Jacobi
11. Fichte’s Vocation of Man – A Convincing Response to Jacobi?
12. This Individual and No Other? On the Individuality of the Person in Schelling’s Freedom Essay
13. System and Temporality. Jacobi Contra Hegel and Schelling
14. Third Position of Thought Towards Objectivity: Immediate Knowing
15. Metaphysics or Logic? The Importance of Spinoza in Hegel’s Science of Logic

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