Schemas Theory Research Initiative

Kent Palmer



This is a resource site for schemas theory research.

Schemas are the next higher level of abstraction from systems theory and encompass other schemas besides the system schema such as facets, monads, forms, openscapes, domains, worlds, kosmoi, and pluriverses. Find out more at,, and Schemas Theory has been a research project for Kent Palmer for many years as a possible foundational paradigm shift for Systems Engineering and to provide a basis for Architectural Design methods in Software Engineering. For more about Schemas see Umberto Eco's Kant and the Platypus. Schemas were first proposed by I. Kant in Critique of Pure Reason. They were explored by R. Carnap in Logical Structure of the World, and mentioned by Wittgenstein in Philosophical Grammar. Schemas were a focus for E. Cassirer's NeoKantian philosophy. Various Continental philosophers like Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Deleuze, Bataille, Zizek, Badiou and others have contributed to the understanding of Schemas. Kent Palmer advanced the S-prime hypothesis that there are ten schemas that were the ones mentioned above and that there was a rule which is that there are two schemas per dimension and two dimensions per schema. This research initiative explores the ramifications of the S-prime hypothesis for the field of General Schemas Theory which is meant to study all the possible schemas within the Western worldview and their relations to each other and their mathematical underpinnings and implications for other disciplines such as Systems Engineering and Software Engineering.

view: Research Agenda 

view: Workshop at INCOSE IS 24 2014

view: Workshop at ISSS 58 2014

Beyond Systems Philosophy: From Systems Philosophy to a Philosophy of Schemas

Part 1 ISSStalk

Part 2 ISSStalk

Original 1997 Briefing to Incose

Previous Briefing CSER 2004

Dissertation on Emergent Design


Systems Science Foundations for  Systems Engineering Practice

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Session 1 Sides: A Introduction [2up] with transcript

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Session 2 Sides: B Philosophical Principles and Schemas Theory  [2up] with transcript 

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Session 3 Sides: C Foundational Mathematical Categories [2up]  

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Session 4 Sides: D Emergent Meta-Schemas  [2up] 

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Session 5  Sides:  E Emergent Schemas Design [2up]  

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Session 6 Sides:  Integral Systems Engineering Methodology  

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Working Papers

On The Necessity of a Deep Paradigm Shift in Systems Engineering

Introduction to a Paradigm Shift

Nature of the Schemas Theory Paradigm Shift

Systems Science Foundations for Systems Engineering

0. Schemas Theory as a Constitutive A Priori Paradigm Shift for Systems Engineering and other Disciplines with Ramifications at the Ontological and Epistemological Levels

1. Introduction to Schemas Theory

2. Schemas, Aspects and Principles for Synergistic Engineering

3. Schemas, Epistemology and Ontology for Synergistic Engineering

4. Epistemic Roots of the Schemas for Synergistic Engineering

5. Over the Top: Nonduality, Heterochrony, Pleroma

6. Naming the Meta-isomorphic Parts of Schemas and Working Toward Understanding them Topologically

7. Systems Science and Mathematical Category Theory

8. Systematicity as Singular Schematic Wholeness of the World

9. Foundational Mathematical Categories and Meta-epistemic Afoundationalism with Category Theory and Magmas as the representation of the Special Systems

10. Fragmented Worlds; n-Categories, n-Classes; Quadralectics as Refinements, Pentalectics as Subtleties; Endemic Long Inference Chains

11. Connected Worlds with Interconnected Moments

12. Exploring the Dagger { or }

13.  Inverted Schemas and the Emergent Meta-system as underlying Pattern for the Dagger series

INCOSE International Workshop 2015

Formal Structural Systems in relation to General Schemas Theory: On the Architecture of Problem Solving 

 An Exploration of Architecture of Systems Problem Solving by George Klir as a example of a General Systems Theory

For more on Schemas Theory see and and