On freedom. Schleiermacher’s headway between Kant and the Enlightenment thinkers. In analyzing Schleiermacher’s early writings on the concept of freedom (1789-1792), it is the Author’s aim to contextualize his theoretical efforts within the frame of Kant’s moral philosophy, and to propose a comparison of his perspective on the issue with late Enlightenment and post-Kantian approaches. Schleiermacher finds a first solution to the issue through a deterministic conception of moral behavior. He puts the idea of moral feeling together with the doctrine of the absoluteness of ideals as the foundation for a new concept of ethics.
Keywords: Schleiermacher’s doctrine of freedom, Enlightenment theory of perfection, Kantian ethics, post-Kantian debate