Immanuel Kant: Radical Evil and Human Agency
Kant 1724-1804 CE. Born in Prussia where he lived his entire life. A student
and then a
professor at the Univ. of Konigsberg, Kant was a polymath beginning
with studies in Astronomy and Geography before dedicating himself to Philosophy.
Most revolutionary and foundational thinker of 18
Critique of Pure
Shift the focus back from objects in the natural world to the human being
and how we can know the world.
K. suggested that metaphysical theodicies cannot accomplish
what they seek to prove. Like Hume,
Kant argues that evidence of the world was
on the question of the goodness (and power) of God.
believed that something more is required than sheer speculation if we are to find
a satisfactory response to the problem of evil. We need to investigate
why evil is a
problem for us at all
. Then we will discover that we have another source of quasi-