For Kant, imagination as a primitive function of apprehension is a necessary ingredient of perception. In this guise, perception is equated to empirical consciousness. Thus as a mental activity pending prior to perception, this form of imagination is pre-conscious.
“What and how much can the understanding and reason know apart from all experience?” – Immanuel Kant
Out in light rain
Acquainted with the night
On a night of philosophy and ideas, the immediate home front proximity is enveloped by cool dampness, as the heavy air causes enticing color diffusions. This kind of nocturnal shooting is a great way to explore the extraordinary, delineating a rich source of fantastic potential imagery.
“Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.” – Poppy Z. Brite
Into the cool damp darkness of the early morning, the local street light illuminates the western Pin Oak in my front yard. Concerned with action through opposing forces, the aesthetic question is often one of reconciliation.
“Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.” – Alfred Adler
Close to home
Sometimes ambient conditions are so potent, I am drawn by their power into an environment of mystery and delight. Esoteric operations are in play just outside my reassuring front door.
“And in the lonely cool before dawn, you hear their engines roaring on, but when you get to the porch they’re gone.” – Bruce Springsteen
Regardless of whether it is observable or intelligible, reality contains altogether everything that is and has been. Comprehension only represents a comfortable level of repetitive acquaintance.
“Reality is frequently inaccurate.” – Douglas Adams
Oscillations in succession
Produced in space
In the night, inseparable parts of a single continuous process exceed the narrow purposes of practical expediency. Therefore, the rhythmic organization of the whole experience combines in an organic visual synthesis. Constantly changing, conscious existence is mutable in its fluidity.
“Intuition is the joy of difference.” – Gilles Deleuze
Away from home
Above the bay
The imagination is the ultimate developer and adjudicator of all philosophical systems. Exactly conformable to experience, certain spatial and temporal conditions facilitate contemplative conclusions.
“Of all relations the most universal is that of identity, being common to every being, whose existence has any duration.” – David Hume
Occasionally an isolated phenomenon can break through familiar experience, blurring the distinction between the known and the unknown, or the real and the unreal. Flashes of such hyperesthesia penetrate the common shroud of evident empiricism.
“There are no absolute values in the whole blind tragedy of mechanistic Nature – nothing is either good or bad except as judged from an absurdly limited point of view.” – H. P. Lovecraft
Necessity of somehow
Nature radiates with latent signs and virtual significance at that very moment when the earthly wanderer is influence by splendor. As Kant explicates, pleasure is felt in an emotional experience as the judgment of taste determines an object independent of concepts, with respect of delight in affirmed beauty.
“Conceptual knowledge, in its true form, which is the philosophical, is always realistic, aiming at establishing reality against unreality, or at reducing unreality by including it in reality as a subordinate moment of reality itself.” – Benedetto Croce
For Kant, the thing-in-itself is linked to the unknowable noumenon, an object or entity that exists beyond sensation and perception. Nevertheless, Maritain thinks that in our tangible aesthetic subsistence, we deal with essences embodied in concrete reality. This corresponds to Aristotle’s metaphysics as the science of ‘being qua being.’ His categories of being not only describe the way we think about what is, but also describe the way things are. Thus, the categories of being are both mental constructs of thought and, most significantly, descriptive of realty. In this way thinking gives access to actuality, and you never find forms by themselves, as separate entities. You only find form composite with matter, as the primary kind of being is found in hylomorphic particulars.
“By form I mean the essence or very nature of the thing.” – Aristotle