[lit-ideas] Subject/Object

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 18:29:57 EDT

In a message dated 4/27/2004 4:26:44 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Again it seems to me there is a clear sense in which "a cat", such as my
cat  Tinka, is an object. Perhaps you can clarify how there is no sense in
which a cat is not an 'object'.
A cat isn't an object when it is part of an activity or in the background.
The subject/object distinction exists only in situations where one is
regarding the other.


Kant would even say a cat is not necessarily an object (Objekt), but a thing 
(in itself) (Ding An Sich). Singer would say that if you interact with the cat 
-- subtly enough --, she can become a co-subject (hence depositary of rights).

But the thing vs. object vs. subject is perhaps something that goes beyond 
the Popperian scheme (of things). 



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