"Fichte on Moral Education"
One of the most familiar themes from the work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte is the thesis, first stated in Foundations of Natural Right, that a `summons' is a condition of possibility of `self-consciousness'. But what can Fichte mean by `self-consciousness' and `summons' such that 1) the latter is plausibly a condition of possibility of the former, 2) the latter suffices to place the subject in the political relation corresponding to Fichte's conception of right, and 3) the interpretation of both has a plausible basis in the text? Extant interpretations either offer no convincing account of the connection, or else account for it by bracketing the political significance of the summons or by building a political component into the conception of self-consciousness that is absent from the text. This paper proposes an interpretation that meets all three conditions.