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Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics [20-21]

B. The Stages of Carrying Out the Projection of the Inner Possibility of Ontology.



A. THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE DIMENSION OF GOING-BACK [NEEDED] FOR CARRYING OUT THE LAYING OF THE GROUND FOR METAPHYSICS


The task is the essential determination of ontological knowledge through elucidation of its origin in the seed which makes it possible. To that end, clarity must prevail first and foremost with respect to the essence of knowledge in general, with respect to the place and manner of its field of origin. In the previous interpretation of the Critique of Pure Reason, it is precisely the preliminary and sufficient characterization of the original dimension that was unduly neglected or was misinterpreted. Therefore, a productive appropriation [Aneignung] of its fundamental tendency through a determination of the intentions of the work, which fluctuate in any case, cannot succeed. Together with the characterization of the field of origin, we must also allow the manner of the unveiling of the origin to be characterized in its peculiarity.


1. THE ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FIELD OF ORIGIN

§4. The Essence of Knowledge in Generala

Kant does not discuss the essential characteristics of the field of origin explicitly or thematically;b instead, he takes them for granted in the sense of "self-evident presuppositions." This is all the more reason why the interpretation



a. Develop more precisely by proceeding from the difference between knowledge [Erkenntnis] as re-presenting [Vor-stellen] and as Knowledge [Wissen]—knowledge [Erkenntnis] as Knowledge [Wissen] of the guiding concept; see WS 1935/36 [Die Frage nach dem Ding. Zu Kants Lehre von den transzendentalen Grundsatzen. GA, vol. 41], p. 136fr. [What Is a Thing, tr. W. B. Barton and V Deutsch (South Bend: Gateway, 1967), p. 132ff.—tr.]

b. See p. 18. [The reference is to Heideggers note "c" on that page—tr.]


Martin Heidegger (GA 3) Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics