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Title
Wie treft meer geluk in het leven, de deugdzame of de boosaardige?
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Abstract
“Who is happier in the world, the virtuous person or the vicious?” In a remark in his personal copy of the Observations, Kant states that “providence is justified” and “henceforth Pope’s theorem is true”. In this paper we try to elucidate this remark by Dreams of a Spirit-Seer. Kant’s occupation with the immortality of the soul and his novel definition of moral feeling in this work contain important clues to his remark. Confronting Kant’s position to Hume adds nuance to the influence of scepticism, empiricism and especially indifferentism on Kant. And notwithstanding the obvious satire against metaphysics, his work also testifies to his doubts vis-à-vis the rising influence of anthropology. All in all, Kant’s reflections touch on important questions: does it make sense to strive for remote goals far beyond the concrete improvement of our immediate situation? And rejecting all metaphysical a priori’s, where does our never realized desire for justice come from?
Language
Dutch
Source (journal)
Tijdschrift voor filosofie / Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte [Leuven] - Leuven, 1962, currens
Publication
Leuven : Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte , 2023
ISSN
1370-575X
DOI
10.2143/TVF.85.3.3292843
Volume/pages
85 :3 (2023) , p. 337-359
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