Religious Studies



The ens realissimum and necessary being in The Critique of Pure Reason


LAWRENCE  PASTERNACK  a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, 308 Hanner Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078–5064

Abstract

Just prior to The Critique of Pure Reason's examination of the various arguments for God's existence, Kant discusses the conceptual relationship between the idea of an ens realissimum and that of a necessary being. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the extent to which this discussion informs his claim that the cosmological argument depends upon the ontological argument.