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The Nature of Moral Faith: From Natural Beauty to Ethico-Theology in Kant’s Third Critique

The Nature of Moral Faith: From Natural Beauty to Ethico-Theology in Kant’s Third Critique

Moran Godess-Riccitelli, “The Nature of Moral Faith: From Natural Beauty to Ethico-Theology in Kant’s Third Critique,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 75, no. 1 (2019): 117–44,

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The Nature of Moral Faith: From Natural Beauty to Ethico-Theology in Kant’s Third Critique

Type Journal Article
Author Moran Godess-Riccitelli
Rights © 2019 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2019 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 75
Issue 1
Pages 117-144
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2019
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2019_75_1_0117
Language English
Abstract One of the most challenging themes in Kant’s moral theology is the necessary connection he makes between the realizability of the highest good and the moral proof for the existence of God. The vast majority of scholarly work on this link relies on Kant’s discussion of the postulates in his Critique of Practical Reason. In this paper, I argue that this line of interpretation is insufficient because it does not address the question of our moral motivation to strive to realize the highest good in nature. I propose a reexamination of this connection from the aesthetic standpoint as it is presented in Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment. In particular, I focus on the notion of ‘moral faith’ and ‘God’ in the aesthetic nexus. My purpose is to demonstrate the significance of our aesthetic experience in nature for the ability to present the highest good as realizable; thus, to provide moral faith a practical meaning within nature.
Date Added 24/04/2019, 19:27:44
Modified 24/04/2019, 20:36:10


  • God,
  • Kant,
  • aesthetic experience,
  • Critique of the Power of Judgment,
  • highest good,
  • moral faith


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