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A set of 4 essays on aesthetic, moral, and political matters by means of Dieter Henrich, the preeminent Kant student in Germany this day.

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Kant substantiates here his contention that the play of the faculties takes place at the very beginning of the process of conceptualization by remarking that the aesthetic attitude arises "before we attend to a comparison of an object with Explanation of Aesthetic Judgment 47 others" (AA XX,224). But comparison is the first of the activities leading to the formation of empirical concepts. This amounts to saying that a process of reflection regarding the possible formation of concepts commences before any attempt has been made to discover what objects share.

A survey of the secondary literature rapidly reveals that the challenge is only sometimes understood and nowhere met. he resources of Kant's epistemology. For although Kant did admit that his own "inquiry into our power of taste" remained obscure, he certainly believed that it fits perfectly into the complex doctrine of the interaction between imagination and understanding that he had worked out in the epistemology of 42 INTERPRETATIONS his Critique of Pure Reason. In what follows I shall present and put up for discussion a solution of the problem.

28 INTERPRETATIONS Anyone who finds modern physicalist materialism irresistibly strong must accept that all his personal life, including his conceptions of knowledge, proceeds within a network of indispensable illusions. Whoever thinks differently must know that an easy reconciliation between objective knowledge and the perspectives of the first-person viewpoint is not available. Only a subtle philosophy can possibly accommodate the latter in depth without eliminating it at the same time-perhaps involuntarily and only by implication.

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