The Role of Kant’s “Schematism of the Pure Concepts of Understanding” in Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Judgment

By Tama Weisman.

Published by The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review

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Never finished, Hannah Arendt’s project “The Life of the Mind” was to include a third section, “Judging.” Indications of what she would have written can be culled from her lecture course: “Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy.” This essay examines the centrality of Kant’s Schematism of the Pure Concepts of Understanding in Arendt’s conception of judgment. Through this analysis, the central roles of imagination and communicability as they relate to judgment are examined. Further, the essay clarifies and emphasizes the importance of Arendt’s insistence on distinction and specificity as they relate to conceptual analysis and thus to judgment.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt, Immanuel Kant, Judgment, Schematism, Critique of Pure Reason

The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 10, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 276.893KB).

Dr. Tama Weisman

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Dominican University, River Forest, USA

Tama Weisman is an assistant professor of philosophy at Dominican University in River Forest, IL, USA. Her current research is most especially concerned with the writings of Hannah Arendt at the intersection Bioethics and Environmental Justice.