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

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Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Perpetual Peace and Fichte’s Theory of the State 15
Herder’s Letter 15
Perpetual Peace and Power Politics 17
The Citizen of Fréjus and the Philosopher of Königsberg 22
The Citizen of Fréjus, the Philosopher of Königsberg, and the Professor at Jena 35
Toward The Closed Commercial State 61

Chapter 2: Commerce and the European Commonwealth in 1800 63
Gentz’s Review 63
Perpetual Peace and The Closed Commercial State 65
Fichte’s History of Commerce 74
Prussia and the Anglo-French Debate of 1800 84
Fichte’s Contribution to the Debate 98

Chapter 3: R epublicanization in Theory and Practice 103
Fichte’s Proposal 103
Fichte’s Implementation Strategy 106
The Closed Commercial State and the Political Economy of Prussian Reform 115
Fichte’s Moral Challenge Continued 126

Chapter 4: Fichte’s Political Economy of the General Will 130
Hestermann’s Review 130
Open Commercial State versus Closed Commercial State 134
Needs and Rights in Fichte’s Theory of Property 143
The Transcendental Industrialism of The Closed Commercial State 157

Conclusion 166
Bibliography 177
Index 195

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