Week 2 – The Categories & Comprehension

This week we’ll discuss Kant’s categorialism. Our focus will primarily be on the his derivation of the categories, and the role they play in his metaphysics.



  • What are the “forms of judgment”?
  • What are the “categories”?
  • How many forms of judgment and categories are there?
  • Why does Kant think that the forms of judgment provide a “clue” to the categories?
  • How does Kant derive the categories?
  • What is “synthesis”?
  • What is the relation between the categories and comprehension by reason?