From Bonnet’s and Tetens’ Accounts of sensorium commune to Kant’s transcendental Schema

Author/s Lara Scaglia
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/2
Language Italian Pages 18 P. 159-176 File size 417 KB
DOI 10.3280/SF2020-002001
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This Article focuses on the notion of sensorium commune - a fundamental concept in the anthropological and psychological debates during the mid-18th century - in the accounts of Charles Bonnet and Johannes Nikolaus Tetens. Both authors regard sensorium commune as a function mediating between sensible elements involved in cognition and the faculty of understanding. However, their approaches differ in methods and aims. In the conclusion, the Author stresses that their uses of the notion of sensorium commune share some features with Immanuel Kant’s account of transcendental schema. However, Bonnet and Tetens employ the notion with a genetic meaning, which focuses on the process of cognition, whilst Kant attributes to "schema" a brand new significance, which concerns the justification of cognition.

Keywords: Sensorium commune, schematism, empirical psychology, anthropology, transcendental philosophy

Lara Scaglia, From Bonnet’s and Tetens’ Accounts of sensorium commune to Kant’s transcendental Schema in "RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA" 2/2020, pp 159-176, DOI: 10.3280/SF2020-002001