Analysis Of Allison's Two Aspect Theory

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One potential way meant to resolve this problematic ontology is Allison 's two aspect view. Instead of there being an ontological distinction between phenomena and noumena, the two aspect view holds that this is merely an epistemic distinction.23 We can consider an object both spatiotemporally in, the manner of sensible conditions and we can also view them as things-in-themselves.24 The most notable example of this is found in Kant 's view of freedom: the human subject can be viewed as both phenomenally determined and noumenally free .25 This makes the things-in-themselves abstractions from sensible conditions and therefore relegates no causal relation between the noumenal and phenomenal realms.26 Rather, the noumena are simply the epistemic conditions necessary in constructing spatiotemporal objects.27 Allison 's two-aspect theory manages to resolve the dubious causal relation between phenomena and noumena.

Despite Allison 's settlement between the phenomenal and noumenal realms, there is an overall lack of textual
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Since for Kant we can only decide empirically if we are dealing with an appearance or with a thing-in-itself, we cannot possibly distinguish them because there is no way to cognize things themselves apart from appearances .30 It also does not follow that simply because a phenomenon arises that a thing appears or that a phenomenon is also a thing-in-itself.31 There remains no way for the thing-in-itself to appear to the Kantian and thus the transcendental subject becomes entirely active.32 This culminates with the Ficthean denial of the thing-in-itself and the complete construction of phenomena by the subject.33 This undermines the critical philosophy 's notion that the subject is both active and passive. Therefore the two aspect interpretation of Kant culminates in the beginning of German idealism and a reversion into the problem that Kant was trying to

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