In an old notebook I have some notes taken from a talk by the German existentialist, Karl Jaspers.  Jaspers was talking about Immanuel Kant.

He said Kant asked a new question and Kant’s new question was, “What is the source of the agreement between the representations that enter our minds and the objective world outside our minds?”  Maybe the outside world impresses itself upon our minds.  Maybe our minds produce the outside world.  Kant rejected both of these answers.  Kant said that, since our own minds are one of the things we know as an object, we can’t use what appears to the mind to understand the subject-object relationship.

Instead, Kant sought to get beyond the subject-object split by talking about the ground or condition of all objectivity.  Kant answered his question by saying that the mind seems to produce the outside world, not with respect to its existence, but…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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