Kant and the Meaning of Religion by Terry Godlove

Kant and the Meaning of Religion

byTerry Godlove

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Terry F. Godlove discovers in Immanuel Kant's theoretical philosophy resources that have much wider implications beyond Christianity and the philosophical issues that concern monotheism and its beliefs. For Godlove, Kant's insights, when properly applied, can help rejuvenate our understanding of the general study of religion and its challenges. He therefore bypasses what is usually considered to be the "Kantian philosophy of religion" and instead focuses on more fundamental issues, such as Kant's account of concepts, experience, and reason and their significance in controversial matters. Kant and the Meaning of Religion is a subtle and penetrating effort by a leading contemporary philosopher of religion to redefine and reshape the contours of his discipline through a sustained reflection on Kant's so-called "humanizing project."

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Terry F. Godlove is professor of philosophy and religion at Hofstra University. His previous books include Religion, Interpretation, and Diversity of Belief: The Framework Model from Kant to Durkheim to Davidson and Teaching Durkheim.

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Title:Kant and the Meaning of ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231170335

ISBN - 13:9780231170338

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Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. ConceptsI. Enough is Not EverythingII. The Spatial Theory of ConceptsIII. Preliminary Implications2. DefinitionI. Varieties of Definition II. Religion in General III. Criticism IV. Essentialism Again 3. Reason I. The Theorizing Mind II. Regulative and Constitutive III. Reconstruction IV. A Ptolemaic capstone 4. Experience I. Kant's Non-conceptualism II. On Religion III. Proudfoot's Criticisms IV. The Christian Faith V. Conclusion 5. SelfI. JamesII. Kant on self-awarenessIII. Brandom on the social construction of apperceptionIV. Varieties of conformity today: social6. MeaningI. Explanations of meaning in terms of useII. A deflationary account of "God"III. From philosophy of religion to religious studiesConclusionNotes BibliographyIndex

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Godlove... does a fine job demonstrating how Kant's critical philosophy can be used in the ombudsman's role.