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The Philosophy of the Young KantThe Precritical Project$
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Martin Schönfeld

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195132182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195132181.001.0001

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e i g h t The Only Possible Argument The Culmination of the Precritical Project

e i g h t The Only Possible Argument The Culmination of the Precritical Project

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The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Martin Schöneld

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Kant’s third book, The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of God’s Existence (1764). Section 1 surveys Kant’s development after his professorial thesis (1756): the West Winds essay (1757); Motion and Rest (1758) and its sequel Directions in Space (1768); the Optimism essay (1759), the project of a “Children’s Physics” (1759), and the False Subtlety treatise (1762). Section 2 explains the organization of Kant’s third book and how the two arguments for God’s existence derive from a joint demonstrative basis. Section 3 analyzes Kant’s conceptual proof for God’s existence and the rigor of its logical structure.

Keywords:   Only Possible Argument, West Winds, Motion and Rest, Directions in Space, Optimism, False Subtlety, Hamann, Descartes, rational theology, teleology

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