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Jörg Dierken

Vernunft und Offenbarung zwischen Wolff und Kant

Section: Essays
Volume 119 (2022) / Issue 1, pp. 73-86 (14)
Published 21.02.2022
DOI 10.1628/zthk-2022-0006
Published in German.
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In modernity, the relation of reason and revelation seems to be a simple profit and loss account in favor of the former. This is indicated by Christian Wolff's 'Speech about the Practical Philosophy of the Chinese', according to which morality functions even without religion. Later, Immanuel Kant developed the idea of a censorship of the 'revelatory respectively church faith' through the 'God in us' who is present in practical reason's religious faith. But the relation between reason and revelation is more complicated, since important aspects of the subject of revelation become manifest in the context of reason itself, e. g., the role of historical contingency in view of the truth of morality (Wolff) and the dimension of the counterfactual in its realization (Kant).