The Dialectic of Divinity

J. N. Findlay

in Kant and the Transcendental Object

Published in print August 1981 | ISBN: 9780198246381
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680960 | DOI:
The Dialectic of Divinity

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This chapter examines Kant's critique of transcendental theology, perhaps the most shatteringly influential and also the most seriously misunderstood of all sides of his philosophy. In it he has tried to show that the Leibnizian–Wolffian conception of God as a being who embraces all possibility, and whose existence is therefore unconditionally necessary, and who conditions the existence of all that is contingent, is conception without empirical content, and therefore incapable of being shown to correspond to anything real, whether by a pure manipulation of concepts, or from the experience of what is phenomenally real.

Keywords: transcendental theology; pure reason; omni-possible; existence; Transcendental Ideas

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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