Fichte in the Americas


This collection is the first comprehensive history of Fichte’s reception in America, highlighting the existence of a long and strong tradition of Fichtean studies throughout the continent and demonstrating the centrality of Fichtean ideas in contemporary discussions of issues such as feminism, social criticism, and decolonial thought. Read and reinterpreted in the highly diverse circumstances across the American continent, Fichte’s ideas are presented in a radically new light, uncovering the Fichtean spirit of self-activity and autonomous thought in an American context.

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María Jimena Solé is a researcher at the Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and a professor of History of Modern Philosophy in the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She is a founding member of the Latin American Fichte Society (ALEF) and has been an elected member of the Board of the Internationale J. G. Fichte-Gesellschaft since 2018.

Elizabeth Millán Brusslan is a professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She teaches and publishes in the areas of Latin American philosophy, early German Romanticism, and German Idealism. She is on the editorial board of the Internationales Johann-Gottlieb-Fichte Forschungszentrum.
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PART 1: Fichte and the Current Debates in the Americas

1 The Reception, Development, and Application of J. G. Fichte’s Account of Gender, Marriage, and Family in the Americas
Yolanda Estes
2 Et in America ego. Fichte’s Liberal and Egalitarian Critique of Colonization, Servitude, and Slavery
Günter Zöller
3 Triple Fichtean Revolution: Notes to a Freer Latin-American Thinkingbr/>  Thiago S. Santoro
4 Modernity and Its Peripheries: Originary Existence and Decolonization of Thought in Light of Fichte’s Late Work
Manuel Tangorra
5 Intersubjectivity, Common Consciousness, and the Death of the Milkman
Francisco Augusto de Moraes Prata Gaspar

PART 2: Fichte’s Spirit at the Foundation of the American Independent Nations

6 Echoes and Reverberations: Fichte’s Voice in the Independence of South American Countries
Virginia López-Domínguez
7 Fichte, Progress, and the Rise of Positivism in Latin America
Elizabeth Millán Brusslan
8 Philosophy and Emancipation: Fichte’s Spirit in Alberdi’s Letter
María Jimena Solé
9 Fichte and the Democratic Self According to Walt Whitman
Federico Vicum
10 An Accomplice Reading of Fichte from the Other Side. Towards a Real Independence of Latin America
Marco Rampazzo Bazzan
11 “Still Fichte”: Individual, State, and Democracy in J.D. Perón’s Organized Community
Santiago Nápoli

PART 3: Fichte’s Reception, Influence and Appropriation by American Thinkers

12 Raimundo de Farias Brito, Kritiker des Positivismus zwischen Fichte und Jacobi
Christian Klotz
13 Fichte’s Metaphysics in Esteban Echeverría and José Mármol. Continuities around Pilgrim Subjectivity
Lucas Damián Scarfia
14 Fichte and Rojas
Alberto Sandoval
15 Fichte and Korn: Some Messages for Free Spirits
María Paz Lamas
16 Fichte by Taborda: Idealism and Critique of Modernity
Mariano Gaudio
17 The Spirit between Two Continents. Fichte in Turin, in São Paulo
Giorgia Cecchinato
Appendix: Pragmatismus als Idealismus. Peirce, Fichte und der radikale Anti-Cartesianismus
Jakub Kloc-Konkolowicz

This collection will be of interest to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars of Fichte and his influence and those interested in Latin American philosophy.
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