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A Kantian Condemnation of Atheistic Despair

A Declaration of Dependence


Charles F. Kielkopf

William James' pattern of pragmatic argument is revised to defend contra-causal free will in the strong form of Kantian moral autonomy, which enables people to choose what they ought regardless of any contrary inclinations. With moral autonomy we have a moral theory under which we revise Kant's moral arguments into genuine moral arguments to give a moral condemnation of maxims to the effect: I will allow my reason to convince me that there can be no moral God who brings it about that it is as it ought to be with each human being.