and semiotic structure
pragmatic transformation of Kantian schemata takes from Kant the fundamental
insight that concepts are empirically meaningful only if they contain
schematic possibilities for their application to sensible experience.
Further, the imagery which makes possible the application of a concept
cannot be abstracted out from sense experience but rather must be provided
before meaningful perceptual content can emerge within experience. However,
his pragmatic appropriation of these insights radically alters Kant's
understanding of the schema. Such a schema is no longer a product of productive
imagination as distinct from the understanding as the faculty of judgment.
Rather, both understanding and imagination are unified and transformed
into a creative functioning of habit, dispositional tendencies, or purposive
activity as generative of schematic possibilities. This pragmatic unification,
in it biological rootedness, incorporates a lived or vital interactional
unity between organism and environment, knower and known, which is manifest
in the schematic possibilities by which we perspectively grasp the thick
independent universe in which we are embedded, and by which we inform
this universe with the meaningfulness that allows for the experimental
pursuit of perspectival truths through verifying instances.