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Sublimity, Freedom, and Necessity in the Philosophy of Kant

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In this chapter, the author challenges the belief that freedom and necessity have a contradicting or even opposing reality. The first part of the argumentation lies in an assessment of what the appropriate definitions of 'freedom' and 'necessity' are, using Kant's notions of freedom and transcendental necessity. Thereafter he argues that the quintessence of transcendental philosophy is that necessity and freedom are unified as the Noumenon, and that the Noumenon is neither qua form nor qua concept comprehensible. The author investigates this Kantian idea of the Noumenon from a theoretical and practical standpoint and come to the conclusion that the comprehension of necessity and freedom, which is the same as transcendental self-consciousness, depends on the dynamical-sublime articulation of the Noumenon. At the end, he proposes how to go beyond Kant by explicitly connecting the possibility of metaphysics with the possible threatening of h.

Keywords:dynamical Sublime; metaphysics; Noumenon; philosophy of Kant

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