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Structured to introduce the reader into all points of the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann (1882-1950), this booklet goals to stimulate extra curiosity into his notion. as soon as thought of the main studious and systematic of all of the German philosophers of the twentieth-century, this prolific writer has been approximately forgotten. for a few years a pupil and an admirer of Hartmann's paintings, Cicovacki argues nearer investigate Hartmann's ontologically and axiologically orientated philosophy incorporates a promise of a necessary philosophical orientation, particularly with reference to our figuring out of the character, position, and position of humanity within the greater global. "The research of ask yourself" - Hartmann's personal definition of philosophy - is a call for participation to the readers to problem their preconceived and self-interested notions of fact which will relearn to understand the regularly altering and conflicting international, in all of its complexity, richness, and sublimity.

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It is not necessary to postulate a complete identity of the categories in order to justify our belief in the unity of all being.

6, 79–88, and Philosophie der Natur (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1950), 522ff. I. 5 Categories of Real Being In order to understand the nature of reality, we must comprehend its dynamic and layered structure. In order to grasp this structure we must discern the elements that compose it: the categories. Hence, as the fundamental task of ontology, Hartmann establishes the following: the determination of the categories characterizing each stratum of real being, and of those that are common for all four strata.

If it is a thing, then it should be determinable by means of the categories that reason applies to all other things (objects) that provide the material for experience and thinking. By Kant’s definition, however, that cannot be the case. 5 For further discussion, inspired by Hartmann, see Predrag Cicovacki, Anamorphosis: Kant on Knowledge and Ignorance (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997), ch. 1, 17–47. Categories of Being and Categories of Cognition 45 Hartmann deviates from Kant with regard to the thing in itself.

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