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Single Idea 1455

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / c. Moral Argument]

Full Idea

To believe in justice in an unjust world, you have to believe in a place of perfect justice (heaven), a time for perfect justice (eternity), and a cause of perfect justice (God).

Gist of Idea

Belief in justice requires belief in a place for justice (heaven), a time (eternity), and a cause (God)


report of Immanuel Kant (Critique of Practical Reason [1788], I.II.II.V) by PG - Db (ideas)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Practical Reason (Third edition)', ed/tr. Beck,Lewis White [Library of Liberal Arts 1993], p.139

A Reaction

Compare Boethius in Idea 5765. I can see that we might need to grasp the ideals of eternal justice in order to understand morality, but belief in their genuine possibility, or even actuality, doesn't seem to follow.

Related Idea

Idea 5765 The reward of the good is to become gods [Boethius]