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Religion within the Boundary of Pure Reason
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Religion within the Boundary of Pure Reason


Thomas Clark 1838

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Religion within the Boundary of Pure Reason is divided into four “Pieces” that Kant originally intended to publish as a series of journal articles. The book discusses the place of rational religion, which forms the underlying skeleton of religion. The various historical religions are then discussed with attention to their ability to communicate the precepts of rational religion to the people.

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  • Discusses the place of rational religion
  • Examines historical religion focusing on their communicability


  • Kant’s Theory of Religion
    • Of Indwelling Sin
    • Of the Encounter betwixt the Good and the Evil Principle for the Dominion over Mankind
    • Of the Overthrow of the Evil by the Good Principle
    • Of Religion and Cleriarchy

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About Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was born in Königsberg, Prussia, in a Pietist Lutheran family. He attended the University of Königsberg, becoming a lecturer there after graduation. In 1770, he accepted the chair of logic and metaphysics at Königsberg. He published and taught a variety of subjects, but focused on metaphysics and its relationship to physics and mathematics. He was heavily influenced by the writings of Leibniz, Newton, Hume, and Rousseau, drawing on both the empiricist and the rationalist schools. He wrote works of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and teleology. His revolutionary contribution to philosophy is his argument that human knowledge of the world comes from sense experience but is shaped by innate structures inherent in human reason.

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