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Single Idea 21919

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / b. Transcendental idealism]

Full Idea

To be object for a subject and to be representation is to be one and the same thing. All representations are objects for a subject, all objects for a subject are representations.

Gist of Idea

Object for a subject and representation are the same thing


Arthur Schopenhauer (Fourfold Root of Princ of Sufficient Reason [1813], 16 p.41-2), quoted by Peter B. Lewis - Schopenhauer 3

Book Reference

Lewis, Peter B.: 'Schopenhauer' [Reaktion Books 2012], p.73

A Reaction

This is pure idealism in early Schopenhauer, derived from Kant. Are being 'an object for a subject' and being an object 'in itself' two different things? Compare Idea 21914, written later. I think Nietzsche's 'perspective' representations helps here.

Related Idea

Idea 21914 We can deduce experience from self-consciousness, without the thing-in-itself [Fichte]