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the active species of representation, by means of which our understanding enables us to think. By requiring perceptions to conform to the categories, concepts serve as 'rules' allowing us to perceive general relations between representations. (Cf. intuition.)
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[L:40] Concepts are opposed to intuitions as types of representations. Whereas intuitions have their source in the faculty of sensibility (in receptivity), concepts have theirs in the understanding (in spontaneity, as rules for synthesis).Kant also characterizes the distinction between intuitions and concepts as that between intuitive and discursive cognitions--thus when Kant claims that we have a discursive intellect, he means that we think through concepts (cp. A19/B33). [The objects in question are appearances.
[L:97] Among other distinctions (e.g., higher and lower, wider and narrower), Kant distinguishes pure concepts (which are also a priori concepts) from empirical concepts (which are also a posteriori). Simply put, a pure concept is one which is not "abstracted from" or "drawn from" experience, "but springs from the understanding even as to content". In the Critique, the categories are examples of pure concepts; Kant holds that these concepts, at least, are necessary for experience and knowledge. Empirical concepts "spring from" actual experience, "from which they have been extracted as to their content".

[A43/B61] In the context of the distinction between clear and confused representations, Kant distinguishes "the representation of a body in intuition" from "a concept in the understanding" (exactly why he makes this contrast here is unclear; he denies that appearances are always confused). Despite the apparent confusion in our concept of right (an aggregate of "the subtlest speculation we can develop out of it"), Kant insists that "`right' can never be an appearance; it is a concept in the understanding, and represents a property (the moral property) of actions, which belong to them in themselves".

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A semantically evaluable, redeployable constituent of thought , invoked to explain properties of intentional phenomena such as productivity and systematicity . Applied to an assortment of phenomena including mental representations, images, words, stereotypes, senses, properties, reasoning abilities, mathematical functions, etc. See nonconceptual content .
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A posteriori know...A priori knowledge
A priori, analyti...
A priori, theory ...A priori,presuppo...ABSOLUTE
ABSTRACTION
ABSURDITY
AFFINITY
ALTERATION (CHANGE)
AMPHIBOLY
ANALOGY OF EXPERI...
ANALYTIC
ANALYTIC METHOD
ANALYTIC UNITY OF...
ANTECEDENT PROPOS...ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTICIPATION OF P...
ANTINOMY
APOAGOGIC
APPEARANCE
APPREHENSION
APRIORI
ARCHETYPE
ARCHITECTONIC
ATTENTION
ATTRIBUTE
AUTHENTICITY
AXIOMS OF INTUITION
Abbott, Lyman
Abdera
Abelard, Peter
Abelson, Robert
Abernathy, John
Absolute
Absolute idealism
Absolute theism
Absolutes
Absolutism
Abstract ideas
Acquaintance
Act agapism
Act deontology
Act teleology
Act utilitarianism
Action
Action theory
Adams
Adams, Jay E
Adams, Thomas
Aenesidemus
Aesthetic hedonism
Aesthetic humanism
Aesthetic stage
Aesthetics
Aeterni Patris
Agapism
Agapistic ethics
Agnostic
Agnosticism
Albertus Magnus
Albigensians
Albright, Jacob
Alesius, Alexander
Alexander, Archib...Alexander, James W.
Alexander, Samuel
Alleine, Joseph
Allon, Henry
Altizer, Thomas J...Altruism
Altruistic
Altruistic hedonism
Ambrose
Ambrose, Isaac
Amish
Ammann, Jacob
Anabaptist
Analogical predic...Analysis
Analytic philosophy
Analytical
Analytical philos...Analytical statem...
Anamnesis
Anarchism
Anaxagoras
Anaximander
Anaximenes
Anderson, James
Anderson, John R.
Andrewes, Lancelot
Angier, John
Animal faith
Anselm
Anthony of Padua
Anthropology
Anthropomorphism
Antifallibilism

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