Kant's model for building the true church: Transcending "might makes right" and "should makes good" through the idea of a non-coercive theocracy

Stephen R PALMQUIST

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Abstract

Kant's Religion postulates the idea of an ethical community as a necessary requirement for humanity to become good. Few interpreters acknowledge Kant's claims that realizing this idea requires building a "church" characterized by unity, integrity, freedom, and unchangeability, and that this new form of community is a non-coercive version of theocracy. Traditional (e.g., Jewish) theocracy replaces the political state of nature ("might makes right") with an ethical state of nature ("should makes good"); non-coercive theocracy transcends this distinction, uniting humanity in a common vision of a divine legislator whose legislation is inward: the law of love binds church members together like families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-94
Number of pages19
JournalDiametros
Issue number54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Church
  • Ethical community
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Might makes right
  • Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason
  • Theocracy

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