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Transformation of the Self in the thought of Schleiermacher$
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Jacqueline Mariña

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206377

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206377.001.0001

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Transformation of the Self in the thought of Schleiermacher

Jacqueline Mariña (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines several fundamental philosophical problems regarding the conditions of the possibility of moral transformation preoccupying the younger Schleiermacher, especially as he struggled to come to terms with Kant's practical philosophy. Included in this set of issues is the problem of transcendental freedom and how it relates to an agent's character, as well as the problem of the relation of the faculty of representation (knowing) to the faculty of desire (doing). Both questions have to do with how we are to conceive of the unity and continuity of the self throughout its changing states. Schleiermacher's compatibalist view of freedom is examined, as well as his analysis of Kant's fundamental division of the sources of human knowledge into spontaneity and receptivity. The principle focus of the chapter is Schleiermacher's early essay On Freedom.

Keywords:   Kant, freedom, compatibilism, transcendental freedom, Critique of Practical Reason, desire, agency, character, continuity of self, spontaneity

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