"Mine is the first system of freedom. Just as France freed man from external shackles, so my system frees him from the fetters of things in themselves, which is to say, from those external influences with which all previous systems – including the Kantian – have more or less fettered man. Indeed, the first principle of my system presents man as an independent being." (Quoted in Editor's Introduction of J. G. Fichte Introductions to the Wissenschaftslehre and Other Writings trans. Daniel Breazeale (Hackett: Indianapolis, 1994), p. vii.