Providence and divine mercy in Kant's ethical cosmopolitanism

Faith and Philosophy 24 (2):144-164 (2007)
For Kant, cosmopolitan ethical community is a necessary response to humans’ radical evil. To be cosmopolitan, this community must not depend on particular historical religions. But Kant’s defense of ethical community uses Christian concepts such as providence and divine mercy. This paper explores two ways—one more liberal and the other more religious—to relate the theological commitments underlying ethical cosmopolitanism with the non-dogmatic nature of Kantian religion.
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil200724225
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