Cross-Examination of in Defense of Kant's Religion

Stephen R. Palmquist*

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This article extends the metaphorical trial posed by the authors of In Defense of Kant's Religion by cross-examining them with two challenges. The first challenge is for the authors to clarify their claim that they are the first interpreters to present "a holistic and linear interpretation" of Kant's Religion that portrays it as containing a "transcendental analysis" of religious concepts, given that several of the past interpreters whose works they survey in Part 1 conduct a similar type of analysis. The second is to compare the assumption pervading Part 2 of their book, that Kant conducts his first "experiment" in the first three Pieces and the second experiment in the Fourth Piece of Religion, with the previously defended view that the two experiments are weaved throughout all four Pieces. After observing several dangers this assumption poses for affirmative interpreters of Kant's philosophy of religion, I conclude by showing how the authors' problem-driven hermeneutic led them to downplay various portions of Kant's text.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-180
Number of pages11
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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