It is partly because nature has been rendered as inert matter that gives it its particular reality. Nature is real but it is bereft of consciousness and of value. It exists as separate and independent of the consciousness that is attempting to grasp it, which establishes the realism of a positivist tradition. Fundamental to this Enlightenment vision is the abiding split between subjective consciousness and the objective world that it is seeking to understand. This is the prevailing distinction between subject and object.