- 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 schematamap, 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 schemata
Images are always particular; schemata are always universal.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
This is borne out by the list of the schemata of the categories.Kant's Theory of Knowledge
Harold Arthur Prichard
He has, therefore, been less bound by schemata than I have in the discussion.The Value of Money
Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
In truth, it is not images of objects, but schemata, which lie at the foundation of our pure sensuous conceptions.The Critique of Pure Reason
The conditions thus established will be found to correspond to the schemata shown in Figs. 114 and 115.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity
George. S. Huntington
- 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.