Johann Gottlieb Fichte: Addresses to the German Nation


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Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814), a transcendental philosopher in the tradition of Immanuel Kant, was one of the philosophical founders of German nationalism. His Addresses to the German Nation (of which the “Thirteenth Address” is excerpted here) was originally a series of lectures delivered in Berlin in the winter of 1807–1808. Fichte wrote them when German political and military fortunes were at a very low ebb, after the forces of the German states had been defeated by the French...