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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 4, October 2000

Kant's Philosophy of Religion

Kelli S. O’Brien
Pages 535-557
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200017440

Kant and Swinburne on Revelation

Immanuel Kant’s position on special revelation is a matter of debate. Here I discuss Kant’s position in detail and compare it to that of Richard Swinburne. I examine both philosophers’ views on the assertability of special revelation, its contingency, whether it is necessary, the possibility of error, and appropriate methods of interpretation. I argue that, like Swinburne, Kant finds belief in special revelation to be acceptable, even beneficial, under certain circumstances.

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