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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