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Background

 

The idea for this project goes back to 1995 when I began to prepare my doctoral thesis on the identity of God and pure practical reason (Identity Thesis) and the identifiability of God and rational being (Identifiability Thesis) in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason. In my close eximantion of Kant's transcendental doctrine of method in the Critique of Pure Reason, I discovered – quite contrary to my expectations – that here intuitive moments of knowledge represented an implicit central point (Intuitivity Thesis), though one that Kant did not explicitly elaborate on.

During the course of my research, my doubts gradually became transformed into the conviction that the intuitivity thesis is justified and Kant really did implicitly conceive of human reason as having the power of intuitive knowledge. My initial attempts to elaborate the intuitivity of pure reason within my doctoral dissertation as a main argument supporting the identity and identifiability theses proved to be viable, although not suited for a methodically sufficient support of my thesis objective.

As a result, I produced a study that was completely independent from my doctoral thesis. The study, entitled "Aspekte intuitiver Rationalität in Kants Idee reiner Vernunftwissenschaft. Vorläufige Untersuchungsergebnisse [Aspects of Intuitive Rationality in Kant’s Idea of a Pure Science of Reason. Provisional Research Results]", demonstrated that intuitive reason could be directly identified in Kant's transcendental philosophy. The work has existed in an unpublished version of around 90 pages since 1998. The study is known only to a few professional philosophers (Hans Poser, Walter Jaeschke, Christa Hackenesch†, Matthias Wunsch, Ian Kaplow, Claude Piché) and the arguments it puts forward have only been aired in personal discussions and presented in a lecture given on this topic in 1998 at Institute for Philosophy at the Technische Universität Berlin. From 1998 to 2002, the further material I collected grew to around 300 pages in total.

Due to the lack of requisite funding from research or project grants, I have not yet been able to prepare the material for publication, a process that would take approximately 18 months. Nonetheless, the substantial interest shown in the intuitivity thesis in personal discussions with, first and foremost, researchers into idealism but also with other professional philosophers, has now (December 2008) led me to present the thesis an the proof of its validity in the form of smaller articles to scholarly debate. In a final step, I will then present the argument of these articles in book form.