Triangulating god: A Kantian rejoinder to Perovich

Stephen Palmquist

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Abstract

After describing the basic structure of Kant's System of Perspectives, I respond to Anthony Perovich's claim that my interpretation misconstrues Kant's true intentions concerning religion. Perovich assumes that "perspectives" require unsystematic "openness," accommodating numerous conflicting ways of interpreting religious phenomena. Yet Kant has in mind a fixed relationship between three specific perspectives (or "standpoints"): the practical, theoretical and judicial. The first and third can be used to construct a theology even though the theoretical standpoint alone cannot. Perovich's suggested revision of Kant along these lines therefore turns out to reflect a position which a perspectival interpretation shows to be Kant's own.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-310
Number of pages9
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1994

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