The mind is affected by objects which affection in

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representation. The mind is affected by objects, which affection in turn triggers their representation as in space and time. It would seem that something really existing apart from appearances is required as the stimulus required for the representation of things in space. Something other than appearances supplies the "matter" of outer intuition, to which sensibility adds the form. This view seems congenial to yet another way of understanding Kant's distinction, i.e., that things in themselves and apperances (as representations) are distinct objects, standing in some sort of "grounding" relation. Things in themselves are the ground of representations of them in space and time. This "two-object" or "double-object" view has plenty of difficulties of its own. One problem is that the categories are said not to apply to things in themselves, which makes the "ground" relation questionable, despite Kant's careless use of the word 'cause' to describe the source of our intuitions. A possible way around this criticism (a prominent advocate of this view is Wilfrid Sellars) is to describe "grounding" as only analogically related to the category of causality. A hint of such a view can be found at A566/ B594).
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