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Single Idea 21445

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 3. Anti-realism]

Full Idea

Even if we could bring this intuition of ours to the highest degree of distinctiveness we would not thereby come any closer to the constitution of objects in themselves.


By 'intuition' he means normal experience

Gist of Idea

Even the most perfect intuition gets no closer to things in themselves


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B060/A43)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.185

A Reaction

Either slightly ridiculous anti-realism, or a self-evident platitude. Personally I think I know the reality of trees pretty well, but to totally embrace their constitution I would have to become a tree (an Ent). My experience of me is only partial.