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Moral Faith

JOHN E. HARE

in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Moral Faith

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This chapter examines Immanuel Kant’s thoughts on the second type of moral faith. This type of faith suggests that future happiness does not require giving up the attempt to lead a morally good life and it bridges the moral gap by making it possible to combine built-in desire for one’s own happiness with a commitment to morality. Kant argued that this faith requires a person to postulate the existence of a being who assigns not only the proper outcome of good conduct, but also the reward for people’s good dispositions.

Keywords: moral faith; Immanuel Kant; happiness; morality; moral gap; desire

Chapter.  13073 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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