[A31/B47] Kant contrasts discursive concepts ("general concepts") with time, which is not discursive but a form of sensible intuition. [A68/B93] By holding that our intellect is discursive, Kant holds that our knowledge of objects involves the application of concepts to the intuitive "given". When characterizing understanding at the beginning of the analytic of concepts, Kant writes "the knowledge yielded by understanding, or at least by the human understanding, must...be by means of concepts, and so is not intuitive, but discursive."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in reasoning; argumentative.
Passing from one thing to another; ranging over a wide field; roving; digressive; desultory.
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\dis*cur"sive\ (?), a. [cf. f. discursif. see discourse, and cf. discoursive.]
1. passing from one thing to another; ranging over a wide field; roving; digressive; desultory. "discursive notices." the power he [shakespeare] delights to show is not intense, but discursive. azlitt. a man rather tacit than discursive. arlyle.
2. reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in reasoning; argumentative. reason is her being, discursive or intuitive. -- dis*cur"sive*ly , adv. -- dis*cur"sive*ness , n.
1. (philosophy) proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition [syn: dianoetic]
2. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects; "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things"; "a rambling discursive book"; "his excursive remarks"; "a rambling speech about this and that" [syn: digressive, excursive, rambling]
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Passing from one subject to another.