The imagination is in constant search for unity which distinguishes objects from the image of objects. For example: five figures set in line one after another is an image of the number five. Alternately, if thinking of the number five, or whatever number, this thought represents an image of a sum conforming to the conception. In other words, the imagination presents an image to the conception. It is a “process” of the imagination to give to the image a determination which lies at the foundation of the pure conception. This image is the procedural “response” to the empirical faculty of thought; the force, or law, of a pure sensibility which makes imagination possible. The conception, which, together with imagination, is a product of itself through the imagination, is restricted to a pure understanding which functions from causes to effects; conclusions drawn from assumptions; from what comes before; deductive reasoning in consciousness that allows for the determination of the conception. A conception which, by itself, is impossible without given something to conceive, ex; an object, an image, a number, etc., without regard about “how” the object is given or, exactly, what the object is in itself. The process of understanding, therefore, is always restricted to the conception which governs itself through its internal sense of time and the external process by which all things are given to it; objects, images, or whatever is instilled in the imagination that produces them. To understand is a determination. To imagine is the determination reversing itself and falling into the realm of a pure sensibility that a priori functions as a conception.
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