Fichte on Intellectual Intuition

german idealism

Intellectual intuition is the immediate consciousness that I act and of what I do when I act. It is because of this that it is possible for me to know something because I do it. (I:464; IW 46)

Fichte construes self-consciousness in terms of a kind of absolute positing, which he terms “intellectual intuition.” What are the features of such intuition?

  1. there is no distinction between intuition and its object

    • GA, II.3, p. 144: “that which is intuited is at the same time the intuition.”
  2. function of the subject’s spontaneity

  3. provides an immediate awareness of subject’s existence

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