n. a belief that, in interpreting the empirical experience, logic and reason already give structure to what its categories are or should be. This is a transcendental form of thought first conceptualized by German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). See transcendental idealism. Also empirical realism.

CATEGORIES OF THOUGHT: "In the categories of thought, Kant proposes 12 basic, logical concepts that enable mankind to rationally interpret the empirical experience within their own human understanding. "
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