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The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte

Isaac Nakhimovsky


This book presents an important new account of Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Closed Commercial State, a major early nineteenth-century development of Rousseau and Kant's political thought. This book shows how Fichte reformulated Rousseau's constitutional politics and radicalized the economic implications of Kant's social contract theory with his defense of the right to work. The book argues that Fichte's sequel to Rousseau and Kant's writings on perpetual peace represents a pivotal moment in the intellectual history of the pacification of the West. Fichte claimed that Europe could not transform its ... More

Keywords: political thought, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, constitutional politics, Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, social contract theory, perpetual peace, national economy, monetary policy, national self-sufficiency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691148946
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isaac Nakhimovsky, author
University of Cambridge