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1. (in the philosophy of Kant)
a. (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
b. of or relating to knowledge of the presuppositions of thought
2. Philosophy beyond our experience of phenomena, although not beyond potential knowledge
3. Theol surpassing the natural plane of reality or knowledge; supernatural or mystical



(1) In scholasticism, any one of such extremely broad concepts as the single, the true, or the good.

(2) In Kantian philosophy, an a priori form of perception—one of the cognitive forms that organize empirical knowledge. In this sense, the forms of perception, space and time, and categories such as substance and causality are transcendentals. Kant defined as transcendental “all knowledge that has to do not so much with objects as with the form of our apperception of objects, inasmuch as such knowledge must be possible a priori” (Soch., vol. 3, Moscow, 1964, p. 121).

The concept of the transcendental is not used in Marxist philosophy.

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This observation holds even for the eviscerated and transcendentalized quasi-judgment "I am" at the heart of the transcendental unity of apperception.
They thus contribute to the consolidation of the cognitive activity in the crucial domain of the quest for meaning, that is of the deconstruction both of the mechanisms of the production of meaning (as distinct from the effects of meaning) and of the agencies governing a sacralized, transcendentalized, ontologized meaning shielded from all subversive scientific intervention.
The agent invoked "to give the subject 'his' desire by signifying it for him," as Bowie puts it, "is the male genital, transcendentalized.