Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Kant's Theory of MindAn Analysis of the Paralogisms of Pure Reason$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Karl Ameriks

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238975.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 September 2020



(p.177) Chapter V Immortality
Kant's Theory of Mind

Karl Ameriks (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This is a relatively brief chapter, giving a concise review of Kant's position on this issue throughout his writings. On the one hand, Kant treats the topic as the defining ‘Idea’ and goal of rational psychology as such; on the other, he is highly critical of all traditional theoretical arguments for it. His harsh criticism of these arguments has been a major factor in misleading readers into thinking that he has equally incisive or negative views about other, much more qualified rationalist claims. The unique a priori argument for our immortality (as a ‘postulate’ of pure practical reason) that Kant endorses in his Critiques can be understood as a weakened variation of a series of arguments that he had presented in early works, and that came to have an ever more peripheral significance.

Keywords:   immortality, philosophical theology, postulate, soul, teleological argument

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .