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‘The Presentation of the Infinite in the Finite’

Stephen Mulhall

in The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234097
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199234097.003.0015

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS IN PHILOSOPHY

 ‘The Presentation of the Infinite in the Finite’

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For the Kantian philosophy inherited by the analytic philosophy of religion, God's transcendence confirms the utter heterogeneity of the infinite and the finite. The transcendent cannot be modelled on or otherwise understood in the terms appropriate to the finite realm, on pain of incoherence; it can do no more than provide an underpinning for the rational animal's moral sense of itself, and even then only in so far as that animal's rationality licenses it to do so. One way of understanding the significance of some of the most influential figures in the French and German post-Kantian philosophical traditions is to interpret them as finding that Christianity's conception of these matters may contain more philosophical insight than Kant's.

Keywords: analytic philosophy; religion; transcendence; incoherence; post-Kantian philosophical traditions

Article.  13066 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion

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