Johann Gottlieb Fichte
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Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) was born on 19 May 1762 in Rammenau, Saxony. His parents were farmers who supplemented their income by weaving. Young Fichte showed great intellectual promise, so Baron Ernest Haubold von Miltitz o ered to sponsor his education in hope of turning the boy into a ne village parson. Fichte studied at the Universities of Jena, Wittenburg and Leipzig. As a student he was intellectually attracted (and morally repulsed) by material determinism. A er von Miltitz’s death, Fichte was forced to seek work, but he did not become a village parson. While tutoring a student in Immanuel Kant’s philosophy, Fichte decided that transcendental idealism o ered a viable theoretical and practical alternative to materialism. He set o on foot to visit his idol in Königsberg.