The object as separate

In what sense is knowledge an object, in what sense is it not, and is there only one sense in which knowledge is of an object?


Object denotes something to be attained, and therefore involves separation and difference. This usually is understood to mean that one must come to a state called “knowledge”, not having knowledge before. The question immediately arises how knowledge is even possible at all: how can we make knowledge from a series of things that fall short of knowledge? The problem is even more dire than this, for even I we could generate knowledge out of nothing; once an object is attained it is no longer an object, for there is no separation from it. Knowledge taken in this sense could neither be attained nor exist if it were attained.




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