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Ilina, H. (2017). The visual meaning of intellectual contemplation in the philosophy of J. G. Fichte. Osvitolohiya, 6, 70-75, doi: 10.28925/2226-3012.2017.6.7075

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Ilina Halyna, 
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The article examines the visual perspective of the J. G. Fichte’s philosophy of transcendental idealism. He paid most attention to visual paradigm compared to other representatives of the German classical philosophy. The author notes that J. G. Fichte developed the original concept of a transcendental-phenomenological vision, in which the subject does not contemplate actually existing objects, but their reflection in subject’s consciousness. He does not see things, but the result of his own process of vision, the effects of his acts of contemplation. Because what is seeing, and the subject of the vision are identical, the contemplation of an object by a subject can give rise to adequate images of reality. Self- consciousness of the subject doesn’t dependent on reality,it is a pure activity that lays itself, and laying is simultaneously contemplation of itself. This contemplation, as is shown in the article, is the intellectual contemplation that forms the basis of every knowledge, and is also the main point of view for each philosophy. Intelligent contemplation as a reflection of one's consciousness combines creation and knowledge of oneself. Reliability of the results of intellectual contemplation is based on the authenticity of self-consciousness. The law of the development of the spirit is the self-limitation of the process of self-consciousness, which became the basis for the formation of the idea of historicism, which is a prerequisite for overcoming dogmatism and creating a new vision of the world.

Key words: consciousness;  intellectual contemplation;  reflection;  self-consciousness;  subject;  transcendental;  visual.


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