Kant, Nicolai Hartmann, and the Great Chain of Being

  • W. H. Werkmeister
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Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 11)

Abstract

At first glance it may seem that relating the philosophies of Immanuel Kant and Nicolai Hartmann to Alexander Pope’s conception of the Great Chain of Being is arbitrary to the point of absurdity. However, a closer book at the facts will soon show that it is by no means absurd or even arbitrary, for both Kant and Hartmann are concerned with an interpretation of the Great Chain of Being — albeit from radically different points of view. This difference Nicolai Hartmann has stressed in his formidable Grundzüge einer Metaphysik der Erkenntnis.1 There he quotes Kant’s “highest principle of all synthetic judgments”: “The conditions of the possibility of experience as such are at the same time conditions of the possibility of the objects of experience, and therefore have objective validity in a synthetic judgment a priori.”2

Keywords

Manifold Coherence Stratification Posit Verse 

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