Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The material is the ideal, reflection on Kant

Kant's denial of the ability of people to know things in and of themselves is well known, but what are we doing if we're not actually perceiving what's out there? One option is that when we look out into the world we're project an idealized picture onto it, projecting concepts and ideas that make the phenomenon artificially unified. Ideas like matter and material are abstract ideals useful for understanding these underlying phenomenon, but they're not real in and of themselves. If this option is true, then all materialism is a species of idealism, with Enlightenment materialism and Historical materialism as cases where the philosophical, human, ideal projections, that we come up with can be proven to work on their own as self-operating systems. 

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