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Limitation als Erkenntnisfunktion der Einbildungskraft

Back to issue: Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte. Band 52
DOI: 10.28937/9783787336722_5
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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 affinity (Verwandtschaft) between pure sensible knowledge and pure rational knowledge.