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its object of inquiry. But, he noted, time and space aren’t the world’s preconditions, they are merely qualities which man abstracts from his experience of the world’s phenomena:

“ … from physical things man abstracts space and time as universal concepts or forms, common to them all … . But although man has abstracted space and time from spatial and temporal things, he posits them as the first grounds and conditions of these same things. (…) … man sets space and time before real things … .” [227F-LER: p. 117]

Similarly, the poet’s alleged aesthetic intuition does not represent the inner essence of things-in-themselves, and it does not free him or his audience from the limitations of life within the objective world. It merely represents man’s subjective, felt response to his experience. There is therefore nothing whatsoever transcendent about music or aesthetic intuition, and it most certainly does not make us lord of the world, but merely lord of our aesthetic recreation of the world in art. The key point for us, though, is that inspired art makes us feel as if we are transported outside the bounds of the real world and our own most mundane concerns. But we must not mistake the feeling for the fact.

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