Southern Journal of Philosophy 46 (2):261-297 (2008)

Stephen R. Palmquist
Hong Kong Baptist University
In Part One of Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason, Kant repeatedly refers to a “proof ” that human nature has a necessary and universal “evil propensity,” but he provides only obscure hints at its location. Interpreters have failed to identify such an argument in Part One. After examining relevant passages, summarizing recent attempts to reconstruct the argument, and explaining why these do not meet Kant’s stated needs, I argue that the elusive proof must have atranscendental form (called quasi-transcendental because Kant never uses “transcendental” in Religion). With deceptive simplicity, the section titles of Part One, viewed as components in an architechtonic system of religion, constitute steps in just such a proof
Keywords Immanuel Kant  Philosophy of Religion  Transcendental Arguments  Evil
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ISBN(s) 0038-4283
DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2008.tb00079.x
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