In Defense of Kant's Religion

In Defense of Kant's Religion

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Chris L. Firestone and Nathan Jacobs integrate and interpret the work of leading Kant scholars to come to a new and deeper understanding of Kant's difficult book, Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason. In this text, Kant's vocabulary and language are especially tortured and convoluted. Readers have often lost sight of the thinker's deep ties to Christianity and questioned the viability of the work as serious philosophy of religion. Firestone and Jacobs provide strong and cogent grounds for taking Kant's religion seriously and defend him against the charges of incoherence. In their reading, Christian essentials are incorporated into the confines of reason, and they argue that Kant establishes a rational religious faith in accord with religious conviction as it is elaborated in his mature philosophy. For readers at all levels, this book articulates a way to ground religion and theology in a fully fledged defense of Religion which is linked to the larger corpus of Kant's philosophical enterprise.show more

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  • Book | 296 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220149
  • 9780253220141

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"Invaluable in courses on Kant's philosophy of religion. There is a sizeable literature on the topic, but none that gives such a comprehensive overview of the scholarship in the course of developing its own interpretation." -Merold Westphal, Fordham University "This book convincingly reinterprets Kant, and offers many genuinely fresh and thought provoking possibilities to explore." -Daniel Plant, King's College, Modern Theology, 26.2 April, 2010 "[This] is one of the best, if not the best, book that has yet been written in English on Kant's philosophy of religion. It is learned, clearly written, and immensely creative... I recommend it unreservedly to anyone interested in Kant's philosophy of religion." -INTNL JRNL PHILOSOPHY RELIGION, 2009, Volume 66show more

About Chris Firestone

Chris L. Firestone is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He is editor (with Stephen R. Palmquist) of Kant and the New Philosophy of Religion (IUP, 2006).Nathan Jacobs is Assistant Professor of Theology in the School of Biblical and Religious Studies at Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He has authored many articles on Kant and other topics, and is a contributor to Kant and the New Philosophy of Religion.show more

Table of contents

ContentsForeword by Nicholas WolterstorffAcknowledgmentsNote on Text QuotationsPeople vs. ReligionPart 1. Perspectives on Kant's Religion 1. The Metaphysical Motives behind Religion Witness for the Prosecution: Vincent McCarthy Witness for the Defense: Stephen R. Palmquist Witness for the Prosecution: Keith Ward Witness for the Defense: Allen W. Wood2. The Philosophical Character of Religion Witnesses for the Prosecution: Philip Quinn and Nicholas Wolterstorff Witness for the Defense: Ronald M. Green Witness for the Defense: Adina Davidovich Witnesses for the Defense: Bernard M. G. Reardon and John E. Hare 3. The Indictment of Religion The Predisposition-Propensity Conflict The Innate-but-Freely-Chosen Predicament The Universal-Contingent Puzzle The Stoic-Saint Dilemma The Before-and-After Problem The Hermeneutic Circularity Crisis The Unnecessary Necessity ParadoxPart 2. The Defense of Kant's Religion 4. Kant's Philosophy of Religion Reconsidered-Again Pure Cognition and Rational Faith Kant's Two Experiments in Religion The Moral Disposition and the Pursuit of Virtue 5. Book One of Religion Kant's Case for Moral Rigorism Kant's Anthropology and Humanity's Moral Bent Humanity's Moral Disposition 6. Book Two of Religion The Prototype of Perfect Humanity Practical Faith in the Son of God The Anatomy of Moral Hope 7. Book Three of Religion The Need for and Nature of the Ethical Commonwealth Ecclesiastical Faith as the Vehicle for Pure Religious Faith The Rational Merits of Christianity 8. Book Four of Religion Kant on Revelation and Rationalism Christianity as a Natural and Learned Religion Concerning the Counterfeit Service of GodClosing StatementNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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