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Limitation als Erkenntnisfunktion der Einbildungskraft

Schwarz, Gerhard, Wunsch, Matthias

Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte, Bd. 52 (2011), Iss. 0: S. 94–113

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Schwarz, Gerhard, Wunsch, Matthias


In Kant’s philosophy pure sensible knowledge and pure rational knowledge are regarded as heterogeneous domains. At closer consideration, however, a structural analogy between these two types of knowledge can be discovered: in both cases, the representation of the whole takes precedence over the representation of the parts. This is manifest in Kant’s claim that the epistemic function of limitation is decisive for both domains. It can be shown, furthermore, that in both cases the acts of limitation are the work of the power of imagination and hence originate from one and the same source. The power of imagination thus grounds a structural affi nity (Verwandtschaft) between pure sensible knowledge and pure rational knowledge.


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Gerhard Schwarz und Matthias Wunsch: Limitation als Erkenntnisfunktion der Einbildungskraft. Eine Strukturverwandtschaft zwischen reiner Vernunfterkenntnis und reiner sinnlicher Erkenntnis bei Kant 93