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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

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Publication details for Professor Christopher Insole

Insole, Christopher J. (2012). A Metaphysical Kant: A Theological Lingua Franca? Studies in Christian Ethics 25(2): 206-214.

Author(s) from Durham


I track a strand of intellectualist theology, running from Kant’s pre-critical into his critical work, whereby the divine will is constrained in its creative activity by the divine understanding. I suggest that Kant’s intellectualist theology continues to do important work in his mature conception of transcendental idealism, transcendental freedom and autonomy. I consider briefly how this might impact upon theological ethics, particularly in relation to the conflict between Kantian secularists and religious believers. I conclude by asking whether Kant’s intellectualist theology—with its Platonic strands—opens up possibilities for inter-faith dialogue.