Two Qualifications

Two Qualifications - Two Qualifications Kant makes two...

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Two Qualifications Kant makes two important qualifications Theto his positive assessment. First, he insists that we cannot claim "apodeictic certainty" for the conclusion of the argument. Apodeictic certainty means a degree of certainty that is final, irreproachable, and absolute, the kind of certainty that attends mathematical proof. Kant recommends that the design argument be accompanied with a more "moderate and humble" tone. Secondly, Kant points out that the conclusion of the argument is somewhat indeterminate. We can conclude that the creator of the world is "very great, astounding, immeasurable". These are, however, merely vague honorifics, indicating that God is much greater than we, without specifying precisely how great He is. In particular, the design argument does not demonstrate God's infinity. Consequently, according to Kant, it cannot "serve as the foundation of theology", which in turn can act as the "basis of religion". These qualifications seem quite reasonable. Apodeictic certainty is unavailable in science, and
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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