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Kantian categories (Categorías kantianas)

Fishburn and Hughes: The twelve concepts claimed by Kant to be necessary to a classification of sensory experience, each corresponding to a function of human understanding (see Critique of Pure Reason). They are divided into four sets: quantity, quality, relation and modality. Each is symmetrically subclassified into three aspects: unity, totality and plurality; reality, negation and limitation; substance and accidence, cause and effect, and reciprocity; possibility, existence and necessity. In his 'Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy', which forms an appendix to The World as Will and Representation, Schopenhauer attacks the rigidity of these categories, saying that, in deference to his liking for symmetry, Kant 'goes as far as to do open violence to truth' so that the system 'has become the Procrustean bed on which Kant forces every possible consideration'. A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain