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First, in proposing the dialectic as a third form of production, Philonenko picks up on Kant's own admission that both ideal and real cause are unable to account for the phenomenon of the self-organization of nature. Second, Philonenko draws a crucial link connecting the difference in kind between the two maxims, which never act in unison, and the.

33 The form of objectivity, the object = x as a The Paradoxical Object 29 transcendental condition for the possibility of experience, takes effect in the sphere of knowledge as both a time-position (event) and as a timerelation (the effect of a preceding cause in conformity with a rule). The former is of course unintelligible without the latter, since the event is a sheer nonsense for Kant if conceived in terms of a pure upsurge out of 'empty time' (as creation ex nihilo). 34 A time-order of appearances is established, bearing the double trait of irreversibility and necessity, in which each object-position can be located in its relation to the others according to a rule, so that 'successive apprehension (synthesis of multiplicities of homogenous units, quantitative synthesis) of what first appears to us as a continuous and infinite whole of sensations of varying intensity (tatum realitatis, intensive magnitude of the sensory given) is so rule-governed (by virtue of relational syntheses) that it results in our distinguishing singular objects under concepts'.

The limit of the individual itself, on the other hand, is its own production, it is part of its self-organization and determines it as a unilateral distinction. We can clearly see here how Kant, like Leibniz, belongs to a tradition inaugurated by Aristotle, which proposes to think the order of nature in terms of the difference between 'given, natural and real totalities, on the one hand, and inferred, nominal and artificial ones, on the other'. 56 According to Kant we can only conceive the organism as a natural totality in accordance with the characterization of life in the Metaphysical Foundations; that is, in terms of a 'phenomenalization of a unity-in-itself'Y The source of the unstable and paradoxical character of the 'organized object' thus derives from the projection of the matter/life antithesis onto the mereological determination of the hypothetical causality belonging to self-organization - from the whole to the parts and back again.

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