- a diagram, plan, or scheme.
- an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework: A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the events he or she experiences.
- (in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.
Origin of schema
Related Words for schemamap, idea, depiction, perspective, arrangement, layout, constitution, pattern, strategy, treatment, scheme, composition, blueprint, picture, form, makeup, chart, diagram, construction, formation
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Historical Examples of schema
The schema is, in itself, always a mere product of the imagination.
The schema of necessity is the existence of an object in all time.
Number is strictly not the schema of quantity as such, but of totality.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
Now we must assume that the schema of quantity is really what Kant says it is, viz.Kant's Theory of Knowledge
Harold Arthur Prichard
The turn of expression is called a Trope, and change of construction is called a Schema.Essays and Miscellanies
- a plan, diagram, or scheme
- (in the philosophy of Kant) a rule or principle that enables the understanding to apply its categories and unify experienceuniversal succession is the schema of causality
- psychol a mental model of aspects of the world or of the self that is structured in such a way as to facilitate the processes of cognition and perception
- logic an expression using metavariables that may be replaced by object language expressions to yield a well-formed formula. Thus A = A is an axiom schema for identity, representing the infinite number of axioms, x = x, y = y, z = z, etc
Word Origin for schema
plural schemata, 1796, in Kantian philosophy ("a product of the imagination intermediary between an image and a concept"), from Greek skhema (see scheme (n.)). Meaning "diagrammatic representation" is from 1890; general sense of "hypothetical outline" is by 1939.
- A diagrammatic representation; an outline or a model.
- A pattern imposed on complex reality or experience to assist in explaining it, mediate perception, or guide response.