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43 In his attempt to appropriate hermeneutics as a substitute for epistemology, Rorty comes across the distinction between "nature" and 42 The point is, in other words, that, in order to ask the right questions, we have to be sensitive to what is beyond our grasp, as if there was a 'transcendent object' we try to make sense of. 43 See Rorty's critique of Heidegger in his "Overcon1ing the Tradition: Heidegger and Dewey". Reprinted in Consequences of Pragmatism, pp. 37 -59; especially, pp. 52-54.

The tomato's looking red is, in other words, a matter of human content. e. can be reduced to) their having specific primary qualities. On the other hand, we have no good reason to believe that primary qualities of phenomena, for example a tomato's spherical extension, are a matter of human content: We can't explain the fact that things look spatially extended except in terms of their being extended. ) And so on. 7 Of course, there is an easy reply for Kantians. Precisely because we cannot conceive of an explanation of primary qualities in other terms, we must accept that the world we live in is our world.

Plessner, Die Stufen des Organischen und der Mensch (Berlin,1927) 24 The View from Nowhere, p. 74. 46 Part One: Finding and Making Therefore, if we are to understand this, and if we accept Nagel's way of understanding the relation between the objective and the subjective character of experience in tenns of objective and subjective selves, then we are bound to accept that the experiences of the objective self demand again a distinction between an objective objective self, and a subjective objective self.

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