Kant's Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason was written late in his career. It presents a theory of 'radical evil' in human nature, touches on the issue of divine grace, develops a Christology, and takes a seemingly strong interest in the issue of scriptural interpretation. The essays in this Critical Guide explore the reasons why this is so, and offer careful and illuminating interpretations of the themes of the work. The relationship of Kant's Religion to his other writings is discussed in ways that underscore the importance of this work for the entire critical philosophy, and provide a broad perspective on his moral thought; connections are also drawn between religion, history, and politics in Kant's later thinking. Together the essays offer a rich exploration of the work which will be of great interest to those involved in Kant studies and the philosophy of religion.
Gordon E. Michalson is Professor of Humanities at the New College of Florida. His most recent books include Fallen Freedom: Kant on Radical Evil and Moral Regeneration (Cambridge, 1990) and Kant and the Problem of God (1999).
Introduction Gordon Michalson; 1. Holy scriptures within the boundaries of mere reason: Kant's reflections Otfried Hoeffe; 2. The evil in human nature Allen W. Wood; 3. Radical evil and human freedom Ingolf Dalferth; 4. Gesinnung: responsibility, moral worth and character Alison Hills; 5. Hope, possibility, and divine action Andrew Chignell; 6. Kant on grace Leslie Stevenson; 7. Kant, miracles, and Religion, Parts One and Two Karl Ameriks; 8. Kant's Jesus Manfred Kuehn; 9. Pluralism in the ethical community Nicholas Tampio; 10. Kant's religious constructivism Pablo Muchnik; 11. What does his Religion contribute to Kant's conception of Practical Reason? G. Felicitas Munzel; 12. Culture and the limits of Practical Reason in Kant's Religion Richard Velkley.