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By Predrag Cicovacki

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ISBN-13: 9780742513754

In among fact and phantasm, Predrag Cicovacki conscientiously analyzes Kant's contribution to discussions of man or woman and unearths that he used to be deeply eager about the systematic improvement of the trendy anthropocentric orientation towards liberation and dominance of the topic. at the different fingers, modernity's excessive perfect of common medical and ethical development grew to become out to be illusory and ill-conceived.

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They are true 31 Commonsense Truths when they identify these situational aspects for what they are, and false when they do not. The process of cognitive identification is, in turn, only _the external aspect of judging, for this external aspect is itself based on the internal process of the interaction between the elements and constraints provided by both objects and subjects of cognition. Thus, in Kant's interpretation the truth triangle for commonsense cognitions should look like this (figure 4): .

Since we cannot step outside of our cognitive point of view, any effort to confirm the correspondence between our cognitions and the independently existent objects could only lead to further cognitions. In that case, our cognitions can only have a meaningful relation to other cognitions, but not to 22 Chapter 2 objects themselves. Cognitions can only verify, and in turn be verified by, other cognitions. If that is really so, there seems to be no rational basis for claiming that truth really consists in correspondence with metaphysically independent objects.

Fortunately, there is no need for common sense to leave its firm ground, its own land of truthY For the purposes of our commonsense orientation in the world, we do not need to postulate the ontological priority of the world over the mind, of the object over the subject. Commonsense truths are truths about the world of our experiences and practices; they are human truths. They emerge only insofar as we are situated in the world and interact with it. What we have to consider next is how the way we are makes an impact on the nature of commonsense truths.

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