The Highest Good and Kant's Proof(s) of God's Existence

History of Philosophy Quarterly 31 (2) (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper explains a way of understanding Kant's proof of God's existence in the Critique of Practical Reason that has hitherto gone unnoticed and argues that this interpretation possesses several advantages over its rivals. By first looking at examples where Kant indicates the role that faith plays in moral life and then reconstructing the proof of the second Critique with this in view, I argue that, for Kant, we must adopt a certain conception of the highest good, and so also must choose to believe in the kind of God that can make it possible, because this is essentially a way of actively striving for virtue. One advantage of this interpretation, I argue, is that it is able to make sense of the strong link Kant draws between morality and religion.

Author's Profile

Courtney Fugate
Florida State University

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-11-15

Downloads
809 (#19,612)

6 months
194 (#16,263)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?