Categorical may refer to:

  • Categorical imperative, a concept in philosophy developed by Immanuel Kant
  • Morley's categoricity theorem, a mathematical theorem in model theory
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Categorical distribution, a probability distribution
  • Categorical logic, a branch of category theory within mathematics with notable connections to theoretical computer science
  • Categorical syllogism, a kind of logical argument
  • Categorical proposition, a part of deductive reasoning
  • Categorization
  • Categorical perception
  • Category theory in mathematics
    • Categorical set theory
  • Recursive categorical syntax in linguistics

Famous quotes containing the word categorical:

    We do the same thing to parents that we do to children. We insist that they are some kind of categorical abstraction because they produced a child. They were people before that, and they’re still people in all other areas of their lives. But when it comes to the state of parenthood they are abruptly heir to a whole collection of virtues and feelings that are assigned to them with a fine arbitrary disregard for individuality.
    Leontine Young (20th century)