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<span class="smallCaps">e i g h t</span> <i>The Only Possible Argument</i> The Culmination of the Precritical Project

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132182
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195132181.003.0009
 							e i g h t 						 							The Only Possible Argument 						The Culmination of the Precritical Project

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This chapter explores Kant’s third book, The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of God’s Existence (1764). Section 1 surveys Kant’s development after his professorial thesis (1756): the West Winds essay (1757); Motion and Rest (1758) and its sequel Directions in Space (1768); the Optimism essay (1759), the project of a “Children’s Physics” (1759), and the False Subtlety treatise (1762). Section 2 explains the organization of Kant’s third book and how the two arguments for God’s existence derive from a joint demonstrative basis. Section 3 analyzes Kant’s conceptual proof for God’s existence and the rigor of its logical structure.

Keywords: Only Possible Argument; West Winds; Motion and Rest; Directions in Space; Optimism; False Subtlety; Hamann; Descartes; rational theology; teleology

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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