Kant’s Doctrinal Belief in God

In Oliver Thorndike (ed.), Rethinking Kant, Vol. 3 (2010)

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Lawrence Pasternack
Oklahoma State University
Abstract
In the Canon of the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant endorses both a Moral Belief in God as well as what he there calls Doctrinal Belief. The former mode of belief is well known and can be found throughout the Kantian Corpus. The latter, however, is far more obscure and thus far has not been carefully studied. Doctrinal Belief only appears explicitly in the Canon, but is related to a number of issues in the Transcendental Dialectic as well as the Critique of Judgment. This paper will provide an account of the Doctrinal Belief in God and consider its compatibility with Kant’s other discussions of the projected ground of the principle of purposiveness.
Keywords Kant  God  Belief
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