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The One Possible Basis for a Demonstration of the Existence of God (Bison Book S) Paperback – January 1, 1994
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In relation to the the debate in Philosophy of Religion (Theism vs. Atheism), it is unfortunate that many people have not paid much attention to this interesting and creative approach, since Philosophy of Religion traditionally sticks to different argumentation (teleological, cosmological, ontological, etc.). Interestingly, Kant is known more for his moral argument for the existence of God which involves believing in God in order to believe in being able to achieve or reach the Highest Good (summum bonum), which is considered relatively weak argument among both theists and atheists alike. While understandably he is known for his moral argument, his own unique ontological argument (along with its application to the argument from design) is as equally interesting both philosophically and historically.
Philosophically because Kant shows that you do not need to stick with only one kind of argumentation, but find a way to relate them together by subsuming one into another. Kant shows that the nature of God itself need not to be merely transcendental or ineffable mystery, but something that is self-communicable or self-revelational in the physical/empirical world we inhabit. We do not need to be infinitely distant from God but also intellectually intimate with the Highest Being by witnessing the intelligible order in nature; such intelligible order is not the byproduct of only God's omniscience and omnipotence (as many conventional theist would think) but of God's nature which is reflecting itself unto the physical nature. This approach, I think, is very profound. Although I am an Atheist, I think that this approach is unfortunately underrated.
Historically, this book has recieved positive reception from a famous Jewish Philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, and this positive review from Mendelssohn has made Kant very popular and prominent philosopher in Germany. Other reviews followed likewise as positive reviews about Kant's argument for the existence of God. More importantly, however, Kant's critical philosopher (Transcendental Philosophy) continues to hold onto the view of the nature of existence as positing qualities. Kant's Critical Philosophy is also a reaction against his Pre-Critical Philosophy (The One Possible Basis for a Demosntration of the Existence of God) because in his Pre-Critical Period Kant was a Leibnizian rationalist who believes that physical reality ruled by the laws of nature is the manifestation (or correspons to) the fundamental principles in the Divine Mind. This Theocentric Approach, common among theistic rationalists, is something that Kant later criticizes in favor of the Anthropocentric Approach in which reality is understood through the a priori concepts or forms, along with a priori intuitions, of the human mind. What this implies is that we cannot have true understanding of what reality is in itself (noumena), including the nature of God. So in a sense, someoen interested in history of philosophy and Kant ought to read this book.
Overall, this book is, in my opinion, one of the memorable books to read in respect to my interest in Philosophy of Religion in General.