Frames of Thought

Durkheim's Concepts Instead of Kant's A Priori Categories

Keywords: A priori categories, concepts, Durkheim, Kant, thought


It is a problem in philosophy how the mind understands nature. How the results of observations come together in a meaningful form. Kant suggests a priori categories for this problem. According to him in the absence of the categories, the objects and phenomena that we perceive are in a relatively independent heap. A priori categories bring those independent pieces of observation together in an organized and meaningful form. Durkheim accepts Kant’s approach to a priori categories, however, he suggests a social origin for them. Durkheim’s attempt to explain the social origin of the categories results in differences in the number and content of a priori categories that Kant suggested. Durkheim’s suggestion changes into general concepts that act as social facts which lead to individuals’ thoughts.

How to Cite
Tuncer, Ender. 2023. “Frames of Thought”. Entelekya Logico-Metaphysical Review 7 (1), 01-12.