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Social Philosophy Today

Volume 19, 2003

Environmental Philosophy as Social Philosophy

Yolanda Estes
Pages 123-134

Society, Embodiment, and Nature in J. G. Fichte's Practical Philosophy

In this essay, I argue that society, embodiment, and nature are crucial to J. G. Fichte’s practical philosophy, which implies responsibilities regarding the natural environment and its non-rational denizens. In section one, I summarize Fichte’s argument that self-consciousness presupposes social interaction between embodied rational beings within a sensible environment. In section two, I explain the relation between rational beings and human bodies. In section three, I discuss the relation between rational beings and nature. In section four, I describe ethical duties toward rational beings. In conclusion, I examine ethical duties regarding non-rational beings.

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