Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Language

English

Abstract

Kant’s Religion postulates the idea of an ethical community as a necessary requirement for humanity to become good. Few interpreters acknowledge Kant’s claims that realizing this idea requires building a “church” characterized by unity, integrity, freedom, and unchangeability, and that this new form of community is a non-coercive version of theocracy. Traditional (e.g., Jewish) theocracy replaces the political state of nature (“might makes right”) with an ethical state of nature (“should makes good”); non-coercive theocracy transcends this distinction, uniting humanity in a common vision of a divine legislator whose legislation is inward: the law of love binds church members together like families.

Keywords

Immanuel Kant, church, theocracy, Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason, might makes right, ethical community

Publication Date

2017

Source Publication Title

Diametros – An Online Journal of Philosophy

Volume

54

Start Page

76

End Page

94

Publisher

Jagiellonian University, Institute of Philosophy

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Link to Publisher's Edition

10.13153/diam.54.2017.1134

ISSN (electronic)

17335566

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Philosophy Commons

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