Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Abstract

Aside from bioethics, the main theme of Ronald Green's lifework has been an exploration of the relation between religion and morality, with special emphasis on the philosophies of Immanuel Kant and Søren Kierkegaard. This essay summarizes and assesses his work on this theme by examining, in turn, four of his relevant books. Religious Reason (1978) introduced a new method of comparative religion based on Kant's model of a rational religion. Religion and Moral Reason (1988) expanded on this project, clarifying that religious traditions cannot be reduced to their moral grounding. Kierkegaard and Kant: The Hidden Debt (1992) offered bold new evidence that Kant, not Hegel, was the philosopher whose ideas primarily shaped Kierkegaard's overtly religious philosophy; both philosophers focused on the problem of how to understand the relation between moral reasoning and historical religion. And Kant and Kierkegaard on Time and Eternity (2011) republished ten essays that explore various aspects of this theme in greater depth. I argue that throughout these works Green defends a “paradox of inwardness”: principles or ideals that are by their nature essentially inward end up requiring outward manifestation in order to be confirmed or fully justified as real.

Publication Year

2016

Journal Title

Journal of Religious Ethics

Volume number

44

Issue number

4

Publisher

Wiley

First Page (page number)

738

Last Page (page number)

751

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1111/jore.12158

ISSN (print)

03849694

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jore.12158

Copyright

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Palmquist, S. R. (2016), The Paradox of Inwardness in Kant and Kierkegaard. Jour. of Relig. Eth., 44: 738–751. doi:10.1111/jore.12158, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jore.12158. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Keywords

Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, religion and morality, paradox, inwardness

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