Philip Rossi on Stephen Palmquist’s “Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s «Religion»”

 

STEPHEN PALMQUIST | Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason | Wiley-Blackwell 2015 


 

By Philip J. Rossi, SJ

Before entering into discussion of the three aspects of Stephen Palmquist’s Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason that I shall be highlighting in the essay, it first seems appropriate to take note of “the overall purpose” that he articulates for this work, which is “to provide the first comprehensive reference work in English on Religion: a work that any reader interested in Kant’s treatment of questions relating to religion can turn to for clarification of and assistance on any specific passage in Kant’s book” (p. xiv). With respect to that overarching purpose, the Commentary is, in my judgement, quite successful. It enables English language readers and students of Kant’s major treatise on religion first and foremost to focus upon on the arguments and issues raised in and by Kant’s words in the text of ‘Religion’.

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Susan Shell on Stephen Palmquist’s “Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s «Religion»”

 

STEPHEN PALMQUIST | Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason | Wiley-Blackwell 2015 


 

By Susan Meld Shell

Stephen Palmquist’s commentary on Kant’s Religion performs an inestimable service for which students of both Kant and the history of philosophy and theology have reason to be deeply grateful. Palmquist’s own novel and searching interpretative approach to Kant’s religion is visible on every page; yet this commentary neither presupposes agreement with that approach nor is its usefulness intended to be limited to those who share it. Given such a wide ranging study, in which thought-provoking gems appear on almost every page, I must regrettably give short shrift to the many ways in which I have profited from reading Palmquist’s commentary, along with many points of strong agreement, including the importance of strict fidelity to the text, and due attention to the circumstances surrounding its publication. And I am entirely sympathetic with his attempt to situate Religion within a wider systematic context.

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Christina Drogalis on Stephen Palmquist’s “Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s «Religion»”

 

STEPHEN PALMQUIST | Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason | Wiley-Blackwell 2015 


 

By Christina Drogalis

Before I begin my comments, I would like to acknowledge the great work that Stephen Palmquist has accomplished with this book. I was impressed not only by the care which he took in the translation of Kant’s writings but also by the significant contributions that he made to our understanding of how the Religion fits with Kant’s other works and projects. He argues, I think rightly, that we should understand the Religion as part of the judicial wing of Kant’s writings, rather than the practical wing. In understanding that the Religion focuses on the question of “What may I hope?” rather than “What ought I to do?”, we as readers begin to take a new perspective on Kant’s intentions for this work.

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