The following paper seeks to examine whether, from the standpoint of a transcendental idealist, it is possible to have a phenomenology that can adequately disclose the nature and activity of person. First I establish that symbols are intuitive concretizations of the activity of person/Geist, and thus symbols are available to phenom- enological description. Then I raise the question of whether reflective judgment can be understood as a part of a possible phenomenology. I come to the conclusion that yes, the process of reflective judgment is phenomenologically available; reflective judgment offers an experience of “what it is like to be a person” (meaning a transcendental process of symbol creation). However, it is clear that reflective judgment must borrow a rule from phenomenal/determinate experience in order to imaginatively analogize the transcendental creativity of person. Thus, all that is available to phenomenology is an analogy of being person, and not person itself.
Cassirer, Kant, reflective judgment, personalism, phenomenology, transcendental anthropology
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Kemling, Jared. “Reflective Judgment and Symbolic Functions: On the Possibility of a Phenomenology of Person.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 2, no. 1(3) (2018): 40–53. https://doi.org/10.26319/3915.
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