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Single Idea 20714

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

Full Idea

Kant speaks of God not as something known or proved to exist by virtue of rational argument, but as a postulate of moral reflection (that is, of 'practical reason').

Gist of Idea

God is not proved by reason, but is a postulate of moral thinking


report of Immanuel Kant (Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals [1785]) by Brian Davies - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion 9 'Morality'

Book Reference

Davies,Brian: 'An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion' [OUP 1993], p.175

A Reaction

Presumably it is a necessary postulate, which makes this a transcendental argument, surely?