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25 It is, however, in Nietzsche that Kant's revolution comes to its most exorbitant climax. Despite his frequent parodies of the transcendental deduction and his acerbic references to the "Chinaman of Konigsberg," Nietzsche's thinking takes its bearings from Kant, as this passage from his early sketch "Der Philosoph" should show : It can be proved that all constructions of the world [Weltconstructionen] are anthropomorphisms: indeed, all science, if Kant is right. To be sure, there is a circular argument here: if the sciences are right then we are not standing on Kant's foundation ; if Kant is right, then the sciences are not right .

Indeed, Fichte's ex­ tended narrative of construction as self-creation fleshes out Kant's frag­ mentary evocation of the self in the Opus Postumum: "I, the proprietor of the world. ,, 25 It is, however, in Nietzsche that Kant's revolution comes to its most exorbitant climax. Despite his frequent parodies of the transcendental deduction and his acerbic references to the "Chinaman of Konigsberg," Nietzsche's thinking takes its bearings from Kant, as this passage from his early sketch "Der Philosoph" should show : It can be proved that all constructions of the world [Weltconstructionen] are anthropomorphisms: indeed, all science, if Kant is right.

Mathematical construction negotiates with enviable ease a leap of intimi­ dating proportions in the sight of theoretical and practical philosophy. In the two parts of The Critique of Judgment, the aesthetic and the teleological, Kant attempts to reduce these proportions to a more man­ ageable or at least more hope-inspiring scale; these two attempts furnish diverse blueprints for the building or rebuilding programs of post-Kan­ tian philosophy. I want simply to recall, first, the doctrine of the beautiful as the symbolic hypotyposis of the moral good (par.

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