This book is the first to explore in detail the role that symbolic representation plays in the architecture of Kant's philosophy. Symbolic representation fulfills a crucial function in Kant's practical philosophy because it serves to mediate between the unconditionality of the categorical imperative and the inescapable finiteness of the human being. By showing how the nature of symbolic representation plays out across all areas of the practical philosophy - moral philosophy, legal philosophy, philosophy of history and philosophy of religion - Heiner Bielefeldt offers a unique perspective on how these various facets of Kant's philosophy cohere.
1. Introduction; 2. Kant's socratic enlightenment; 3. The law of freedom; 4. How to find orientation in moral practice; 5. The order of right as a symbol of human dignity; 6. Traces of purposiveness in nature and history; 7. Symbolism in the philosophy of religion; 8. Conclusion.