Concepts are universal, insofar as they are not individuated, and they are abstractions. What does it really mean to say concepts are discursive?

  • Name any universal concept Feb 13 at 8:58
  • Some more context, please... Feb 13 at 10:05
  • who says that they are discursive? Feb 13 at 12:35
  • If this refers to Kant's terminology he uses "discursive" for something mediated by partial representations, as opposed to "intuitive" that grasps objects directly. He often uses discursive/intuitive interchangeably with general/singular, but the terms emphasize different aspects. Since concepts are general they can only capture objects piecemeal, by representing features in them, while intuitions capture them as wholes. See e.g. Watkins-Willaschek, Kant’s Account of Cognition.
    – Conifold
    Feb 13 at 13:10
  • No context at all? Maybe Kant, as per comment above? Feb 14 at 7:17


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