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This 1763 essay is imporrtant in understanding the development of Kant's thought. It exposed the flaw in the Cartesian argument that the existence of a perfect ...
This 1763 essay is imporrtant in understanding the development of Kant's thought. It exposed the flaw in the Cartesian argument that the existence of a perfect being could be deduced from an idea or concept of such. Similarly, Kant saw the problem inherent in the Leibnizian view of a philosophical system modeled on mathematics: a philosopher who, like a mathematician, began with an arbitrary definition remained trapped in a circle of words. In The One Possible Basis for a Demonstration of the Existence of God, Kant diverged from the familiar forms of ontological argument. The result was a brilliant approach to divine being that anticipated his mature Critique of Pure Reason.
With this Bison Book edition, The One Possible Basis appears in paperback for the first time. Gordon Treash's English translation, the only modern one, faces pages containing the original German. Treash, who is a professor of philosophy at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, edited, with Paul A. Bogaard, Metaphysics as Foundation: Essays in Honor of Ivor Leclerc. Also available as a Bison Book is Kant's last major essay, The Conflict of the Faculties (1992).
|Pt. 1||In Which the Basis for a Demonstration of the Existence of God is Provided|
|Observation One: Existence in General||53|
|Observation Two: On Internal Possibility Insofar as It Presupposes an Existence||67|
|Observation Three: On Positively Necessary Existence||75|
|Observation Four: The Argument for a Demonstration of the Existence of God||87|
|Pt. 2||The Extensive Utility Peculiar to This Mode of Proof|
|Observation One: In Which the Existence of God is Concluded A Posteriori from the Perceived Unity in the Essence of Things||99|
|Observation Two: Distinction of the Dependence of All Things upon God into the Moral and Non-Moral||113|
|Observation Three: The Dependence of All Things in the World upon God by Means of the Order of Nature or without It||119|
|Observation Four: The Use of Our Proof for Judging the Perfection of a World in Conformity with the Course of Nature||129|
|Observation Five: In Which the Insufficiency of the Usual Method of Physico-Theology is Indicated||145|
|Observation Six: Improved Method of Physico-Theology||159|
|Observation Seven: Cosmogony||187|
|Observation Eight: The Total Sufficiency of the Divine||215|
|Pt. 3||In Which It Is Shown That No Argument for a Demonstration of the Existence of God Is Possible Save That Which Has Been Cited||223|
Posted November 20, 2005