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A Metaphysical Kant: A Theological Lingua Franca?

Insole, Christopher J.



I track a strand of intellectualist theology, running from Kant’s pre-critical into his critical work, whereby the divine will is constrained in its creative activity by the divine understanding. I suggest that Kant’s intellectualist theology continues to do important work in his mature conception of transcendental idealism, transcendental freedom and autonomy. I consider briefly how this might impact upon theological ethics, particularly in relation to the conflict between Kantian secularists and religious believers. I conclude by asking whether Kant’s intellectualist theology—with its Platonic strands—opens up possibilities for inter-faith dialogue.


Insole, C. J. (2012). A Metaphysical Kant: A Theological Lingua Franca?. Studies in Christian Ethics, 25(2), 206-214.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-05
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2013
Journal Studies in Christian Ethics
Print ISSN 0953-9468
Electronic ISSN 1745-5235
Publisher SAGE Publications
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 206-214