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Unformatted text preview: chief representative of this view. The "rationalists" were called by Kant noologists , who hold that knowledge has its origins in human reason. Leibniz was the chief representative of his school. Hume does not fit into this classification because he denied the possibility of human knowledge, and hence was a skeptic . Kant credited his recollection of Hume as having awakened him from his dogmatic slumber. Before he absorbed Hume's lesson, Kant had been trained in the Leibnizian school, hence as a noologist. I have already stated that Leibniz's fundamental metaphysical principle was that of contradiction: any concept which contains any contradiction signifies an impossibility, whereas any concept free of contradiction signifies a possibility. Thus the principle of contradiction was the priniciple of possibility. Actuality is known through the principle of sufficient reason....
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