The individual freedom is of much importance, everybody is born of free spirits and in the process of growth, this free spirit has to be respected and dealt with dignity. He advocated the religious immediacy, and in the process stressing the importance of individual personality and the significance of inner religious experience.

Fichte lived during the time of Napoleon and people were under the influence and command of Napoleons dictatorship. And naturally there arose a national consciousness to oppose him and people were willing to move to the old order of governance. In Germany, it was a great national and moral movement and Fichte was one of its spokesmen. Fichte's writings during the Jena period mainly focused to reform and revitalize the entire system that existed before. The 'Foundations of Natural Right Based on the Wissenschaftslehre' (1796/7) and 'The System of Ethical Theory Based on the Wissenschaftslehre' (1798) are based on political and moral philosophy respectively. The former work mainly comprises of details about individual freedom in order to produce a community of free individuals and equally respecting others freedom as well. (Fichte's Beginnings (1762-1794))

The level of detail that Fichte provides in these matters far exceeds from the freedom of individuals to higher growth of consciousness. In this Romantic Movement the main focus came towards the self of an individual. The individual is made to understand his own right and made to taste that flavor of independence. He started understanding his capacity to stand independently on his own feet. This independence he did not experienced before and this opened the door of understanding himself, which he never had before. This self-consciousness, he carried with him when he went back to the old order again to reestablish that lost trends. We cannot consider a child as similar to his mother. Same is the case with this system. Though they come back to the old order, that old order cannot be considered as similar to the previously found system.

It was its offspring but with a difference. They came back as different individuals, and they looked, perceived and viewed that old order from a different perspective, angle and direction. The romantic period taught all individuals to grow into the attitude of other and to realize the self. This is what the Romantic philosophy mainly comprises of. In Berlin, Fishte delivered series of address to the German people, in whom he tried to organize the people and made to realize their tasks. His speeches went down to the nerve of the people, and it was very much stimulating. The people, as a whole were getting the knowledge about self-consciousness. They were educated about the history of political situations. They came to realize the duties they had to perform to the nation. And Fishte's addresses to the German people were calling them to become aware of, themselves, in this way.


Thus from the above arguments it is evident that these philosophers cannot be regarded as political but they are much more than that. They looked at this world from intellectual and spiritual point-of-view and regarded man as a unit of some greater power and energy. Though they can be considered as chief architect of creating the castle of romanticism, the real purpose of their philosophy is to make all individuals realize their self-interest and self-consciousness, which in turn put them in the highest rung, in the ladder of consciousness and in the path of moral growth.


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