Kant and the objective, logical and transcendental meaning of the categories


  • Matías Oroño CONICET – University of Buenos Aires




Kant, objective meaning, logical meaning, transcendental meaning, categories, abstraction


The “Transcendental Analytic” of the Critique of Pure Reason contains a complex theory of the meaning (Bedeutung) of the categories. The main purpose of this article is to identify and reconstruct three levels of meaning in that part of the first Critique. In particular, I argue that: (1) the categories receive an objective meaning insofar as they are applied to sensible intuitions given to our spatial and temporal sensibility; (2) the categories retain a logical meaning after elimination of the forms of our sensibility, but not of the sensible character of intuition; (3) the categories have a transcendental meaning insofar as all sensible intuition is suppressed; (4) logical and transcendental meanings are the result of different kinds of abstractions made on the basis of objective meaning.


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Biografia do Autor

Matías Oroño, CONICET – University of Buenos Aires

Matías Oroño holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He is a member of the Scientific and Technological Researcher Career (CIC) at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council - Argentina (CONICET). He is also a teaching assistant of History of Modern Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). His current research interest is in the field of Kantian theoretical philosophy. He has published numerous articles such as “La función cognitiva de las ideas estéticas en Kant” (2022), “La intuición formal kantiana como resultado de la cooperación entre sensibilidad y entendimiento” (2021), and “El significado sensible de la categoría kantiana de posibilidad” (2021).




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Oroño, M. (2022). Kant and the objective, logical and transcendental meaning of the categories. Estudos Kantianos [EK], 10(1), 185. https://doi.org/10.36311/2318-0501.2022.v10n1.p185



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