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Kants Vorsehungskonzept auf dem Hintergrund der deutschen Schulphilosophie und - Theologie
  • Ulrich Lehner, Marquette University

Reviews: "Quiconque voudrait désormais étudier la compréhension moderne de l’histoire, du progrès et de la religion nuirait à la précision de son propos s’il s’exemptait de la lecture de Kants Vorsehungskonzept. On relèvera enfin à ce livre le trop rare mérite d’avoir concilié avec une grande compétence l’étude des approches à la fois philosophiques et théologiques." Charles Morerod O.P., bishop of Fribourg, in Nova et Vetera (French Edition), 4/2011.

"Lehner’s extensive research fills a gap in a unique way. He enriches the study of Kant’s philosophy in an as yet neglected field. His detailed research corrects many general judgements and invites to further studies. […] It is the great merit of Lehner that he not only discusses providence in the thought of Kant and the context of German School Philosophy and Theology, but that he opens up the wide horizon in which the question of providence has to be posed anew." (Hans Waldenfels, International Journal of Systematic Theology 2010)

"Ulrich Lehner si e proposto, come evidenzia il titolo, di mettere a fuoco la concezione kantiana di provvidenza, tenendo sullo sfondo la scolastica protestante tedesca, sia filosofica che teologica , in cui essa e maturata. Tuttavia, la trattazione delle diverse dottrine della provvidenza divina che costituiscono il contesto del pensiero kantiano al riguardo e svolta con grande profondita, tanto da poter essere considerata di fatto uno studio storico-concettuale a se stante." Francisco Fernández Labastida, Acta Philosophica Vol. 19,1 (2010), 226-229

"The product of admirable learning and impeccable scholarship, L.'s book presents the material for much-needed clarifications about 18th century intellectual developments." Johannes Zachhuber, Theological Studies 2009

"Der Kantforschung fehlte bislang eine allumfassende Monographie zum Vorsehungsbegriff, und zwar inklusive aller Quellen. Genau diese legte [Ulrich H. Lehner] vor.“ Riccardo Pozzo, Kant-Studien 99. Jahrg. 2008

"Most Anglophone Kant specialists were stunned two decades ago when J.B. Schneewind published his monumental The Invention of Autonomy. There he displayed with great authority the background (and perhaps the provenance) of Kant's moral philosophy--a philosophy many of us had studied minutely without any deep or extensive knowledge of its historical context. In providing this context, Schneewind opened up what had seemed an exhaustively explored field of study to a new and richer understanding. The ethical thought we had grown used to treating as a thing-in-itself, removed from the rough intimacies of temporal passage, was suddenly seen as part of a centuries-long conversation--a conversation in which names like Grotius, Pufendorf, and Crusius figured with a hitherto unguessed-at centrality. And this serious attention to the intellectual history in which Kant's moral philosophy was embedded made his arguments themselves more intelligible, impressive, and convincing. What Schneewind did for Kant's moral philosophy, Ulrich Lehner has now done for Kant's philosophy of religion. Readers, many of us for the first time, can now see in detail how the greatest protestant scholastics--like Wolff, Baumgarten, Crusius, Reimarus, Jerusalem, and Stapfer--grappled with the notion of Divine providence, as well as the central role this notion played in the development--indeed in the fundamental orientation--of their various philosophical/theological systems. This alone makes Kants Vorsehungskonzept an invaluable resource. But the sections on Kant are no less instructive and fascinating." Ronald Tacelli, Review of Metaphysics

„[…] in ihren Argumentationen und bibliographischen Informationen ausgezeichnete Studie […] Die verschiedenen Bereiche der Realität, an die Kant herangegangen ist, zusammen mit der inneren Spannung der zwei Komponenten seiner transzendentalen Kritik – dem sensualistischen Intuitionismus und dem konstruktiven Idealismus –, zwangen Kant, seine Position jeweils zu differenzieren und zu modifizieren. Dafür bietet die vorliegende Studie dem Leser eine verlässliche Begleitung.“ Giovanni B. Sala SJ, Philosophisches Jahrbuch 115. Jahrg. 2008 / II

"'Il testo di Ulrich L. Lehner traccia un interessante ed utile percorso attraverso le concezioni della provvidenza che, tanto sul versante squisitamente teologico, quanto su quello più schiettamente filosofico, attraversanoil ’600 ed il ’700, esercitando, a diverso titolo, la propria influenza sul pensiero e la produzione di Kant." Gualtiero Lorini, Quaestio, 8 (2008), 707-712

"Ulrich Lehner’s book shows once more that in the history of concepts things are more complex than textbook knowledge admits and that we know more clearly what we think after having taken a closer look into history. On reading this detailed and precise study the reader witnesses the origin of the concept of modern science from the point of view of the dissociation of theological from purely rational methods. [...] It will serve as a handbook of pre-Kantian philosophical theology." Paul Richard Blum, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

  • Kant; Scholasticism; Theology; Intellectual History
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Ulrich Lehner. Kants Vorsehungskonzept auf dem Hintergrund der deutschen Schulphilosophie und - Theologie. (2007)
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