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From this point of view, both the metaphysical-dogmatic realism of pre-Kantian philosophy, together with Reinhold and--should we accept the interpretations of their critics--Kant, when trying to explain knowledge in reference to a thing in itself, would make the mistake of crossing the threshold of the cognoscible, and understand that the category of cause has a transcendent application.
With this constraint in mind, the only possible solution to the problem of explaining knowledge would be to include in some way the thing in itself within the realm of what is at least potentially cognoscible.
23) If the question about the thing in itself cannot be answered in a metaphysical-dogmatic way, resorting to a simply assumed but uncognoscible cause, and the philosophical-critical response kept within the realm of what is cognoscible and of its analytically accessible conditions of possibility, then the term "thing in itself' only has meaning as a complete knowledge of phenomena, like the total realization of knowledge on the part of the cognoscent subject.