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Kant, Divinity and Autonomy

Insole, Christopher J.

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I suggest that in Kant’s conception of autonomy, we have a faithful variant of a perennial philosophical conception of divinity, distinctively re-configured by Kant’s own preoccupations and system, but still recognisably oriented around some philosophical conceptions of the divine, which have their origins in deep classical wells, with dreams and memories of thought-thinking-itself, and joyously diffusing itself, generating plenitude and harmony. If this is correct, then we might find that the most interesting dialogue in the realm of ‘public theology’ is not necessarily between Christianity and secularism, but between Christianity and a latent pagan religious philosophy, that draws upon a perennial strand of Platonism in Western philosophy.


Insole, C. J. (2019). Kant, Divinity and Autonomy. Studies in Christian Ethics, 32(4), 470-484.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 17, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 10, 2019
Publication Date Nov 1, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 26, 2019
Journal Studies in Christian Ethics
Print ISSN 0953-9468
Electronic ISSN 1745-5235
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 4
Pages 470-484


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Insole, Christopher J. (2019). Kant, Divinity and Autonomy. Studies in Christian Ethics 32(4): 470-484. Copyright © The Author(s) 2019. DOI: 10.1177/0953946819869168

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