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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 36, Issue 1, January 2019

Tyler Paytas
Pages 56-80
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil2019116117

Of Providence and Puppet Shows
Divine Hiddenness as Kantian Theodicy

Although the free-will reply to divine hiddenness is often associated with Kant, the argument typically presented in the literature is not the strongest Kantian response. Kant’s central claim is not that knowledge of God would preclude the possibility of transgression, but rather that it would preclude one’s viewing adherence to the moral law as a genuine sacrifice of self-interest. After explaining why the Kantian reply to hiddenness is superior to standard formulations, I argue that, despite Kant’s general skepticism about theodicy, his insights pertaining to hiddenness also provide the foundation for a new theodicy that merits serious attention.