Kant and Rationalist Psychologies
In the conclusion, the applicability of the foregoing account of illusion and error to the narrowly rationalistic psychologist, typically represented by Descartes and Leibniz, is considered. It is argued that this psychologist falls prey to illusion inasmuch as he overlooks the minimally empirical character of the consciousness of the existence of the I think, in contrast to the Wolffian’s inflation of this consciousness. It is further contended that Leibniz’s account of the soul is not comfortably characterized as narrowly rationalistic but instead bears an unmistakable resemblance to Wolff’s.
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