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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 ...
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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 this 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Modern Theology
"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

— Daniel Plant, King's College

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
"[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 66
Merold Westphal

"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

Modern Theology - Daniel Plant

"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

INTNL JRNL PHILOSOPHY RELIGION

"[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 66

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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] 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 66

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Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents


Foreword Nicholas Wolterstorff xi Acknowledgments xiii Note on Text Quotations xv People vs. Religion 1 Part 1 Perspectives on Kant's Religion
1 The Metaphysical Motives behind Religion 11 Witness for the Prosecution: Vincent McCarthy 13 Witness for the Defense: Stephen R. Palmquist 19 Witness for the Prosecution: Keith Ward 28 Witness for the Defense: Allen W. Wood 36
2 The Philosophical Character of Religion 46 Witnesses for the Prosecution: Philip Quinn and Nicholas Wolterstorff 48 Witness for the Defense: Ronald M. Green 57 Witness for the Defense: Adina Davidovich 62 Witnesses for the Defense: Bernard M. G. Reardon and John E. Hare 69
3 The Indictment of Religion 83 The Predisposition-Propensity Conflict 85 The Innate-but-Freely-Chosen Predicament 88 The Universal-Contingent Puzzle 90 The Stoic-Saint Dilemma 94 The Before-and-After Problem 95 The Hermeneutic Circularity Crisis 97 The Unnecessary Necessity Paradox 99 Part 2 The Defense of Kant's Religion
4 Kant's Philosophy of Religion Reconsidered-Again 103 Pure Cognition and Rational Faith 105 Kant's Two Experiments in Religion 114 The Moral Disposition and the Pursuit of Virtue 119
5 Book One of Religion 125 Kant's Case for Moral Rigorism 127 Kant's Anthropology and Humanity's Moral Bent 134 Humanity's Moral Disposition 141
6 Book Two of Religion 152 The Prototype of Perfect Humanity 155 Practical Faith in the Son of God 170 The Anatomy of Moral Hope 172
7 Book Three of Religion 181 The Need for and Nature of the Ethical Commonwealth 185 Ecclesiastical Faith as the Vehicle of Pure Religious Faith 193 The Rational Merits of Christianity 205
8 Book Four of Religion 209 Kant onRevelation and Rationalism 211 Christianity as a Natural and Learned Religion 220 Concerning Counterfeit Service to God 228 Closing Statement 232 Notes 237 Selected Bibliography 261 Index 271
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