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Objectivity in psychology – a Kantian perspective

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Psychology as the science of individuals’ mental states and of subjective contents of consciousness, it is often argued, cannot allow for general conclusions and objective knowledge claims about its subject matter. Investigating individuals’ minds and subjective perceptions seems in tension with any commonsensical notion of objective and universal science. This paper shows why this does not have to be the case by offering a Kantian viewpoint. In the light of Kant’s critical theory of cognition, it provides a fresh look at the problem of objectively quantifying first-person experiences, such as emotions and sense-perceptions.

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