‘I-Think’ as the Destroyer of Rational Psychology

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI:
‘I-Think’ as the Destroyer of Rational Psychology

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This chapter draws on the positive account of apperception that emerges from the transcendental deduction to illuminate the details of Kant’s criticisms of Rational Psychology. It argues that his fundamental objection to the Rational Psychologists is that they failed to recognize that the representation ‘I-think’ is empty. It also considers Kant’s understanding of the relation between his ‘I-think’ and Descartes’ cogito.

Keywords: Rational Psychology; cogito

Chapter.  10610 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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