Kant’s categories as underlying structures of cognition are forms and functions of judgment. Broadly speaking, cognition is the mental process of acquiring knowledge and comprehension via sensation, thought, and experience.
“Visual experience presents itself as a direct awareness of a complex physical structure.” – Wilfrid Sellars
Out in the street
Cross-town vignettes play-out on an intimate scale. Everyone is the center of his or her own microcosm.
“All you do is slow me down, and I got better things on the other side of town.” – Jimi Hendrix
Sweep of sand
Multi-modal signal processing is sanctioned on the beach, as adolescent preening successfully attracts attention in a compatable display.
“There’s never enough time to do nothing!” – Daniel Radcliffe
With discrete particle and continuous wave properties, light comes to you from all directions. Adding force fields to matter connects everything together in space and time.
“One step, two steps, three steps; like winds of time experience joy of centuries, when movements become revelations of the dance of destinies.” – Shah Asad Rizvi
Symbols for the abstract
Walk in the sun
Surrendering to the transformative powers of physical exertion, earthly ambitions fall away. Free movement in the open air can generate a plethora of stimulating ideas, engaging the mind and the spirit. Nietzsche walked to facilitate thought, while Kant walked to escape the ‘compulsion of thought.’
“Nature is a unity of diverse and opposing forces, a harmony of opposites.” – Heraclitus
Realm of forms
Mindful existence must continuously reconcile subjective and objective conditions. In Aristotle’s solution, form is located in particular individual objects, which explains coherence and objective probability. Nevertheless, he still had to resolve change versus permanence, and the viability of knowledge given limitation uncertainty.
“Science is a perception of the world around us. Science is a place where what you find in nature pleases you.” – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
Kant commits to the universal validity of the principle of causation as a condition of possible experience. Thus, experience is necessarily a temporal meandering. The subjective succession of apprehension manifests as objective states of affairs. An experience of objective successiveness correlates to a universal entitlement to draw conclusions about something preceding and constraining whatever is perceived as currently prevalent.
“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
At every time
Making hard choices in the grocery store, while surrounded by colorful packaging that presents objects of philosophical concern, we fit into our historical timelessness.
“Content may be lost in temporal transit.” – Arthur C. Danto
Down the road
Things to do
Taking it on trust
Modern artists free themselves by transforming logical reason without abolishing it. In the process of transforming reason, intuition is goal directed to the unfettered and immediate passage into the work, born in the depths of the soul. In creative work, an artistic inner content received from elsewhere is inexorably present.
“The intellectual mode of cognition must sacrifice the full context of the image as a whole in order to obtain a self-contained description of each component.” – Rudolf Arnheim
Movement of the will
The ontological foundation of artistic activity stems from spiritual creativity. In the sheer inspiration of spiritual intelligence, aesthetics finds its own delight in producing an object of affinity.
“To be fertile, so as to manifest that which one possesses within oneself, is a great perfection, and it essentially belongs to the intellectual nature.” – John Poinso