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Religion and Rational Theology (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant) Hardcover – 13 Sep 1996

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (13 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521354161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521354165
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"...the volume, like the other texts in this series, will become a major resource for serious study of Kant by philosophers and theologians in the English-speaking world." Philip J. Rossi, S.J., Theological Studies

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Collects all of Kant's writings on religion and rational theology. These works were written during a period of conflict between Kant and the Prussian authorities over his religious teachings. The historical context and progression of this conflict are charted in the general introduction, and the translators' introductions to particular texts.

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The "Orientation" essay is Kant's contribution to the so-called pantheism controversy, one of the eighteenth century's most famous and influential philosophical disputes, whose course helped determine the course of German philosophy well into the following century. Read the first page
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Cordø on 2 Mar. 2011
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I would have wanted to know that it took longer time than usually before the book arrived. I got a very nice book.
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Every serious scholar in Kant or Theology must owe this superb volume. It contains many unknown and important works in order to achieve a complete and accurate vision of Kant's moral theory and his philosophy of religion, as well as his whole system of philosophy, developed throughout the three Critiques. Kant himself delimited his philosophical project in the formulations of these three questions: "What can I know" --What I ought to do? and -What am I to expect? (CPR A 804/ B 832). Kant told that the last question, the theological one, was to be answer in "The religion within the limits of mere reason" of 1793 (AK 11: 414), a monumental work that makes clear several issues being somehow murky for the readers of the Groundwork and the Critique of the Pure reason, such as the value of the faith, the intelligible grounds of free will and the relation between morals and traditional religion.
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The introduction favors thinking over solemn oaths 23 April 2014
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In addition to the content of what Kant wrote, the introduction in this book makes clear that the End of All Things as explained by Kant was a bitter satire. We hardly want to end everything however much the flashy bang gravy train may keep producing thermonuclear weapons and nuclear submarines. Many people have been thinking in ways that are far too complicated to be broken up into simple sentences for the benefit of readers who think of a series of simple assertions as a style to keep institutions functioning like a combination of God and God's own skew leaders.
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