Posts, essays and translations concerning primarily the works of

Immanuel Kant and John Wesley

Composed or Translated by
Philip McPherson Rudisill

POSTS Concerning Kant, Wesley et al. and Featuring

Kant and the Meaning of the Anschauung

God's Left-hand Joke

Suggestions for Christians debating with atheists

A Trinity: No more absurd than the Left and Right Versions of Hand

Jesus without a stenographer

Alma Deutscher in a society where talents belong to all

St. Paul and the Identification of Heterosexuals and Homosexuals

Loss of spontaneity upon the advent of fear and death

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Works By and Essays Concerning Kant

Circles In The Air

Expanded version of essay originally published in Kant-Studien, the 2nd Issue of 1996, treating the first (A) version of the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories. A more concise and accessible treatment of this subject can be found in Appendix II.3 of The Critique Of Pure Reason, beginning on or near page 774.

Abraham: Morally A Monster?

An article (co-authored with Stephen R. Palmquist) published in the October, 2009, edition of The Journal of Religion of the University of Chicago and defending Abraham against Kant's charge of immoral conduct in the attempted slaying of Abraham's son. See also a related and personal addendum: Further Analogies.

Moral Atheist: an Oxymoron?

Kantian response to Sagan's criticism of Kant's moral "proof" of the existence of God. Composed 2011. This also serves as an introduction to an imagined Lecture at an Atheist Youth Camp.

My Take on Islam

A brief summary of my understanding of the genesis and core of the faith of Islam.

How Does The Student Know The Answer to 7+5?

And without ever having been informed about any number beyond 11? Composed 2001.

Kant On The Recognition Of Dreams

An exposition of Kant's subjective and objective deductions of the categories with regard to the determination of how dreams are discerned as different from perceptions of our waking hours. This constitutes also a commentary on Kant's "Refutation of Skeptical Idealism" of René Descares. Composed 2001 See also Wesley and Rudisill on Discerning Dreams.

Split Fingers

Reflections upon reading Thomas Reid's inquiry regarding "doublizing" of objects, and dealing in the first instance with the "split-finger" that arises when we (two-eyed people) touch our nose; and then more generally with the validity of empirical concepts

Translations of Selected Works by Kant Available for Download

The Critique of Pure Reason

The Critique of Practical Reason

Religion Within The Bounds Of Sheer Reason

The last includes a Comparison of Kant and Wesley Regarding Religion

Essays Concerning John Wesley And Religion

The Golden Rule - A Proxy For Scripture

Constitution for a Community of Sovereigns
While not immediately inspired by, certainly this essay is compatible with, and spiritually kin to, Wesley's (Standard) Sermon 30, "Upon Our Lord's Sermon On the Mount" (Discourse X), and especially paragraph 21 forward. Composed 1994.

Christian Liberty and Promise (from a Wesleyan Perspective)

Here I seek to formulate as clearly as possible the liberation of the Christian faith from the materialism of the context of its Jewish origins. Composed 2002.

Summary of Paul's Letter to the Romans

I think I have expressed here a very coherent understanding of Paul's letter.

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