The Destination Of Man

Johann Gottlieb FICHTE (1762 - 1814), translated by Jane SINNETT (1804 - 1870)

Johanne Fichte published The Destination of Man (Die Bestimmung des Menschen) in 1799. It was translated into English in 1846 by Jane Sinnett and then again in 1848 by William Smith. Fichte says his book is designed to "raise [the reader] from the sensuous world, to that which is above sense." Francis Bacon said, in The Advancement of Learning, "the two ways of contemplation are not unlike the two ways of action commonly spoken of by the ancients; the one plain and smooth in the beginning, and in the end impassable; the other rough and troublesome in the entrance, but after a while fair and even. So it is in contemplation; if a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties." Rene Descartes said "in order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life, to doubt, as far as possible, of all things." Fichte moves from doubt to knowledge and finally to faith in his exploration of the self. (Summary by Craig Campbell)

Genre(s): Psychology, Modern, Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Jane Sinnett's Preface and Author's Preface Larry Wilson
00:07:02
Play 01 Chapter 1 Doubt – The aim of my being Craig Campbell
00:18:52
Play 02 Chapter 2 Doubt - Chain of rigid, natural necessity Craig Campbell
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Play 03 Chapter 3 Doubt - I call it mine Craig Campbell
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Play 04 Chapter 4 – Doubt - Inquiry is closed Craig Campbell
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Play 05 Chapter 5 Knowledge – Wondrous spirit Larry Wilson
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00:22:40
Play 06 Chapter 6 Knowledge – Idea of causality Larry Wilson
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00:17:26
Play 07 Chapter 7 Knowledge – The world without Larry Wilson
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00:15:00
Play 08 Chapter 8 Knowledge - Sensation or contemplation Larry Wilson
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00:17:41
Play 09 Chapter 9 Knowledge – Thy system … My system Larry Wilson
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00:11:19
Play 10 Chapter 10 Faith – To do is the destiny of man Craig Campbell
00:26:29
Play 11 Chapter 11 Faith – Inward voice Craig Campbell
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Play 12 Chapter 12 Faith – Beyond good and evil Craig Campbell
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Play 13 Chapter 13 Faith – The goal attained, what now? rewohwrew
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Play 14 Chapter 14 Faith – Causes and effects cannot be my destiny Craig Campbell
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Play 15 Chapter 15 Faith – A member of two orders Craig Campbell
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Play 16 Chapter 16 Faith – A will which is itself law Craig Campbell
00:10:40
Play 17 Chapter 17 Faith – The Infinite Will KevinS
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Play 18 Chapter 18 Faith – Creative life flows like a continuous stream Craig Campbell
00:25:46