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The Moral Gap: Kantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance

John E. Hare


This book is about the gap between the moral demand on us and our natural capacities to meet it. The author starts with Kant’s statement of the moral demand and his acknowledgement of this gap. He then analyses Kant’s use of the resources of the Christian tradition to make sense of this gap, especially the notions of revelation, providence, and God’s grace. Kant reflects the traditional way of making sense of this gap, which is to invoke God’s assistance in bridging it. The author goes on to examine various contemporary philosophers who do not use these resources. He considers three main strat ... More

Keywords: moral demand, natural capacity, Kant, Christian, revelation, providence, God, ethical life, forgiveness, atonement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Hare, author
Calvin College, Michigan