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Transcendental Theology
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The term transcendental theology comes from the transcendental philosophy of I. Kant. A theology that addresses its object, primordial being, through “pure reason, using nothing but transcendental concepts (ens originarium, realissimum, ens entium)” Kant calls “transcendental theology” (Kritik der reinen Vernunft [KrV ], 21787, B659; ET: Critique of Pure Reason, 1881); he associates it with natural theology, which can take the form of “cosmotheology” or “ontotheology.” Transcendental theology, identified by Kant with deism, is …

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Danz, Christian, “Transcendental Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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