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A Monumental Figure of Western Thought Wrestles with the Question of God: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of Western philosophy. His contributions have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him. His teachings on religion were unorthodox in that they were based on rationality rather th ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 25th 1960 by Harper & Row (NY) (first published 1793)
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Rowland Bismark
Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason (Religion, hereafter) is a passionate statement of Kant's mature philosophy of religion. As the title suggests, Kant believes that religious experience is best understood through rationalism, an important philosophical movement in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that argues we know some things intuitively, not through experience, and that we can determine certain absolute truths by relying on this intuitive knowledge.

In Religion, Kant explores the
Ali Reda
Along the same lines of his Critique project, Kant talks about religion and the limits of reason. Kant says that in order to act freely, we must have some power to ratify or reject our desires. Maxims allow us to accept or reject a given desire, and hence allow us to act freely. Because a maxim is good, only duty inspires it, human nature can only be good (in accordance with duty) or evil (in accordance with everyday desires). In order to be morally responsible you must not only have an intentio ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I'm sure that this is a towering work of genius and all that, but I just don't agree with Kant on very much at all. It's a noble project that he undertakes here, attempting to find the rational religion that all humans can, and indeed must subscribe to. It involves peeling back the layers of revealed truths to find the core of rational truth that our reason can testify to. What is left however, is heavy, unwieldy and unappealing and it robs Christianity of its finest elements leaving an insipid ...more
Erik Graff
Oct 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone familiar w/Kant
Recommended to Erik by: Kant
Shelves: philosophy
I read this after the Prolegomena but before the three Critiques. It is probably best read after reading at least the first two Critiques.

Kant was of pietist parentage and took it seriously enough not to attend public services in keeping with the injunction to pray in one's closet. Well, come on, this is Kant we're considering here! Jesus' injunction isn't the reason Kant didn't go to church, Kant's agreement with the reason Jesus gave such advice is the reason--and such is the nature of this bo
Luís Blue B.
This book is an attempt to frame Kant religious system within the purely rational thought. It should be noted that this work treats of religion under the lights of reason, discarding the divine revelation through holy books, fact based mainly monotheistic religions, or by other means, such as concrete manifestations of divinity, through appearances in real life or extra lighting - sensory, bounded only to the spirit.
Kant's work is indispensable for understanding aspects of the Enlightenment that ruptured the early Modern worldview. The book requires lots of time - his sentences are unbelievably long, but his program and logic are keys for understanding the post-modern condition.
Kerri Whitehouse
Essential reading for any ethic modules/degrees
Alex Lee
In his late age, Kant presents a final last word on religion, as seen from his phenomenonal system. It's kind of amazing that even though he was an old man when he wrote this, the church didn't try and kill him after he wrote it.

Despite his many pleas that he isn't writing about scripture, that this is best left to the experts in church, and he only uses this as an example for philosophy, Kant ends up writing a very damning view indeed on how religion fits in with everything else he's already wr
Joseph Sverker
Efter att ha läst Religionen inom det blotta förnuftets gränser är det omöjligt att inte se Kant som en teologisk tänkare. Gudsbegreppet är antaget rakt igenom boken. Det är mer vilken roll denna gud ska ha i relation till förnuftet, sedesläran och uppenbarelsen som Kant resonerar kring här. Jag har inte läst hans tre "kritiker" och kommer säkert att göra det någon gång framöver, men jag är glad att jag började just här, för det sätter t.ex. hans kritik emot gudsbevis och andra religionskritiska ...more
I still remember the refreshing feeling I had when I first read Kant in my Philosophy class on Ethics at the University of Wisconsin. We had just finished reading the utilitarian ethics of John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham, so the approach of Kant's categorical imperative seemed much more reasonable in comparison. That said, I am not now nor have I ever been a follower of Kant's ethics, but they are preferable to some ethical principles.
It was with this in mind, and a little reading in Kant s
Mark Jensen
The chapter Kant is most known for (the first one on radical evil) is perhaps his best known where he takes a view similar to Hobbes' view of the state of nature, Hobbes' view being an ontologizing of violence. The only difference is Kant seems to think evil occurs in dispositions, and that this evil is magnified by society. So it left me wondering if Hobbes' Leviathan would really make any difference for Kant. Unique to Kant is he has an eschatology, and a surprisingly a high view of the church ...more
UN po' difficile, data l'epoca e il linguaggio.
La tesi ha ancora adesso un suo valore oggettivo.
Todd Dow
This book has been extremely influential to my faith. Kant rationalizes and justifies faith in this logical examination of something that is not easily rationalized.

This is a dense read but I find it to be a good counter to Nietzsche and some of the others who attacked and discounted religious thought.

This is highly recommended for anyone interested in theology and intellectual pursuits of truth.
Cutest piece of Kant ever. Essential to understanding his morality (which without the legality distinction is usually raped into a kind of deontology that is completely incomprehensible), but kinda vague to a non-believer like myself in its religious usage of language.
May 09, 2007 Zakarie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people going to the beach
This nail-biter has it all: chic prose, diabolical beings, and dirty pictures (they're near the end). You will never look at mere reason the same again.
Jan 09, 2013 Robert is currently reading it
This was outrageously ambitious to try to read on my own, but I'm not going to give up on it yet.
Surprisingly lucid and clearly written. Well, sort of. Compared to other stuff from Kant, I mean.
Interessante, Ideen und doch zu geschwollen, schwerfällig kantianisch geschrieben!
Well, it would appear we are still pretty kantian in the liberal Christian west.
Craig J.
Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone (Torchbooks) by Immanuel Kant (1960)
Agustinus Aryo
Feb 14, 2010 Agustinus Aryo is currently reading it
There is no relation at all in this world between guilt and justice.
Honestly, this is just one I have to reread.
What's the big deal with Kant?
i read it too quickly to understand it.
Leonard Houx
Must read for theology students
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from the Prussian city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He's regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe & of the late Enlightenment. His most important work is The Critique of Pure Reason, an investigation of reason itself. It encompasses an attack on traditional metaphysics & epistemology, & highlights his ow ...more
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