By Ermanno Bencivenga
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Any further fleshing out of the perplexity is bound to be controversial, since the exact nature of transcendental philosophy, transcendental realism, and transcendental idealism is a highly controversial issue. But probably it won't be too controversial to say at least the following. Many of Kant's predecessors would have had no conceptual room for the distinction that he wants to make here between something being real ("their reality being taken as granted") and it also being a thing-in-itself , existing "independently of us and of our sensibility"—a distinction on which the very definition of transcendental realism seems to depend.
We only feel bad about it. As it turns out (so goes the third movement of our sonata), the creature does have a metastory after all. It's not an inspiring one, not for his own ethnos at least—the audience he is supposed to address and persuade—but it provides an explanation of sorts. The metastory says that American "tragic liberals" have gotten complacent and lazy, and content them― 59 ― selves "with saying that, as institutions go, [theirs] are a lot better than the actually existing competition" (E 179).
68 ― be unreasonable for me to judge that he was a ghost, or a vision created in my brain, rather than a real man.  He "notices" that, as a matter of fact , dreams and waking life can be told apart. And, of course, a conceptual argument has convinced him that facts will have to continue to be so favorable. " Indeed, he is so confident now that some of his current statements sound like exaggerations: for example, the one he seems to be making in correspondence that he is never deceived by dreams.
My Kantian Ways by Ermanno Bencivenga