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A priori, Religious
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The concept of religious a priori was shaped, in analogy to the terminology of I. Kant, by E. Troeltsch in 1904. He attempted, by means of the insights of consciousness theory, to ascertain the value of religion according to the goals of objective conceptions of religion. This attempt involved a point of contact with Kant's doctrine, but also a profound difference from it. As Kant understood it, a priori are those structures of consciousness that form the basis equally for the categorical conceptualization of spatial-temporal experience, for the m…

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Korsch, Dietrich, “A priori, Religious”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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