Title page for ETD etd-091199-091322

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hunter, Joseph L.
URN etd-091199-091322
Title Kant's Doctrine of Schemata
Degree Master of Arts
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Watkins, Eric Committee Chair
Ariew, Roger Committee Member
Pitt, Joseph C. Committee Member
  • construction
  • mathematics.
  • experience
  • schemata
  • Kant
  • knowledge
  • categories
Date of Defense 1999-05-13
Availability unrestricted
The following is a study of what may be the most puzzling and yet, at the same time, most significant aspect of Kant's system: his theory of schemata. I will argue that Kant's commentators have failed to make sense of this aspect of Kant's philosophy. A host of questions have been left unanswered, and the doctrine remains a puzzle. While this study is not an attempt to construct a complete, satisfying account of the doctrine, it should be seen as a step somewhere on the road of doing so, leaving much work to be done. I will contend that one way that we may shed light on Kant's doctrine of schemata is to reconsider the manner in which Kant employs schemata in his mathematics. His use of the schemata there may provide some inkling into the nature of transcendental schemata and, in doing so, provide some hints at how the transcendental schemata allow our representations of objects to be subsumed under the pure concepts of the understanding. In many ways, then, the aims of the study are modest: instead of a grand-scale interpretation of Kant's philosophy, a detailed textual analysis and interpretation are presented of his doctrine of schemata. Instead of providing definitive answers, I will suggest clues as to how to begin to answer the questions that previous commentators have left unanswered about the doctrine.
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