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Nor are we at ease with this. When some bit of experience thus challenges our concepts and our capacities to make sense, then we construe that experience as presenting a problem for us. Fleischacker persuasively analogizes our need to make new sense of surprising experiences to our need to arrive at a judgment about whether a contract may be enforced in various kinds of unforeseen and largely unforeseeable circumstances. Something must be said, a verdict must be reached, but what, and how? Here, Fleischacker suggests, is where poetry comes in, and is hence part of our normal equipment in responding to our worlds, hi such unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances, what is needed are creative judgments, employing indeterminate, not yet fully worked out, concepts with indeterminate truth-conditions - the kind of indeterminate concept that Kant says "beauty" is.

Equally, however, it is the linguistically actualized expressive dimension of action which is the means whereby the self comes both to reveal and to take a stand upon itself as a conscientious agent (652-653). Hence, only in a community of conscientious agents, who recognize one another as conscientious selves, are acts of conscience, which here must be taken as equivalent to any non-routine, significant human action, possible. Although this provides the rough contours that Hegel's resolution of the problem of conscience will take, it oversimplifies the aporia of conscience in two respects.

Richard Janko (Indianopolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1987), as well as Janko's helpful section of his Introduction on "Aristotle's Concept of Representation" (pp. xiv-xv). 13 Paul Shorey, notes to Plato, Republic I, trans. Paul Shorey (London: William Heinemann Ltd. [Loeb Classical Library], 1930), p. 224, note c. 14 Hegel, Phenomenology, para. 167, p. 105. , para. 178, p. 111. 16 Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason, trans. , 1956), p. 89. 17 Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism, trans.

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