The Philosophical Significance of Kant’s Religion: “Pure Cognition of” or “Belief in” God

Faith and Philosophy 29 (2):151-162 (2012)

In my response-paper, I dispute the claim of Firestone and Jacobs that “Kant’s turn to transcendental analysis of the moral disposition via pure cognition is perhaps the most important new element of his philosophy of religion”. In particular, I reject the role given—in the latter—to “pure cognition.” Instead I propose a Kantian variation on cognition which remains consistent with Kant’s moral postulate for the existence of God. I urge that we treat this postulate as regulative. So, in place of pure cognition, “belief in” God grounds our hope for perfect goodness.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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