Kant and Coleridge on the Issue of Morality

Christian Cross,Jessus

This paper seeks to contrast Kant’s strong belief that morality is the ultimate aim of religion with Coleridge’s statement in Aids to Reflection that morality is merely a step in the ascent towards a spiritual religion. The issues to be discussed are the relationships between emotion and grace on the one hand, and theism and Christology, on the other hand. While Kant believes the core of religion to be that of doing one’s duty in this world (because fulfilling one’s duty may be a sign of divine election), Coleridge understands Kant’s rendering of morality as a reduction of religion to the mere role of moral religion. Coleridge also believes that morality is the body, while the soul of the Christian religion is faith in Christ.

Nicolae-Andrei Popa