representation, categories, frameworks
[Kant, Copernican Revolution]
mind, Immanuel Kant, Copernican Revolution

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Kant - Copernican Revolution

  Kant's most original contribution to philosophy is his "Copernican Revolution," that, as he puts it, it is the representation that makes the object possible rather than the object that makes the representation possible. This introduced the human mind as an active originator of experience rather than just a passive recipient of perception. Something like this now seems obvious: the mind could be a tabula rasa, a "blank tablet," no more than a bathtub full of silicon chips could be a digital computer. Perceptual input must be processed, i.e. recognized, or it would just be noise -- "less even than a dream" or "nothing to us," as Kant alternatively puts it.

Our knowledge of the world of our experience is inevitably a knowledge that is constructed through our own frameworks and categories - this gives rise to questions about whether our "knowledge" is anything to do with the "world as it is."

The age-of-the-sage Web site is very much about the Wisdom of the Poets, Mystics, and Philosophers and their Wisdom seems to be that the Human Mind is "Tripartite" that is to say that they implicity or explicitly suggest that there is an innate Human Spirituality that is relative to similarly innate storms of Desire and of Wrath.

It may be that the human mind is limited; that it tends to experience and imagine only within certain constraints, frameworks and categories - but what if these constraints, frameworks and categories are in fact biologically based having been bred into Human Beings across aeons of evolutionary processes and thus form a shared inheritance of all Humanity that helps people to relate to the world they are born into as fully HUMAN, and not necessarily fully RATIONAL, Beings?

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God, Man, and Society

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man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots,
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