This is to say, a traditional consciousness, rational and formal, or empirical impressional
, could not experience depth phenomena and the ambiguous intertwining of diacritical and poli-critical significations.
The whole scene had an indefinable look of being painted, the colour was so abstract and correct, and there was something so sketchy and merely impressional
about these distant single trees on the horizon that one was forced to think of it all as of a clever French landscape.
In the modern understanding, however, in the Cartesian-Kantian tradition, there is a strong separation between the what the thing is and how the thing appears: the phenomenal is only phenomenal, and the thing in itself is only the object of scientific thinking, not the object of our direct, impressional