Dropping the Debt: A New Conundrum in Kant's Rational Religion

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Abstract

In this article, I argue that Immanuel Kant fails to provide a satisfactory account of ‘moral debt’ in Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason. More precisely, he fails to answer the question of why we should assume that a debt exists in the first place. In light of recent scholarship on this area of his thought, I sketch some possible readings of Kant on the nature of moral transformation that suggest how he might account for this debt. I then argue that these accounts fail to justify its existence within Kant’s project.

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Creator
  • Stewart Clem

Journal or Work Title
  • Religious Studies

Volume
  • 54

Issue
  • 1

First Page
  • 131

Last Page
  • 145

Number of Pages
  • 15

Publication Date
  • 2018-03

Subject
  • Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Religion

  • Immanuel Kant

  • Moral Philosophy

  • Original Sin

Publisher
  • Cambridge University Press

Date Created
  • 2018-10-30

Language
  • English

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  • All rights reserved

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doi:10.1017/S0034412516000408

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