By Karin A. Nisenbaum

The question that this paper addresses is whether Franz Rosenzweig’s belief in a transcendent and revelatory God departs from the tendency of religious thought since the Enlightenment to ground religion in practical reason, or whether it can be seen as supported by a trajectory of thought that amounts to rationally justified belief.  In other words, does Rosenzweig’s peculiar theism amount to what Kant would have regarded as a return to pre-critical dogmatism?  I argue that Rosenzweig’s religious belief is consistent with the spirit of Kant’s critical philosophy because it is justified by what we may regard as a transcendental argument that reveals the conditions for understanding ourselves as responsible beings endowed with ethical value.


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