One of the clearest, most consistent, most uncompromising and emphatic beliefs of Martin Luther was his rejection of metaphysics. In defining the Reformation, Luther raised the rejection of metaphysics to a religious doctrine. Later rejections of metaphysics by philosophers writing centuries later are all derivative, and presupposed that religious sentiments had already done most of the destruction. Kant was right to point out that metaphysics was once the queen, but was cast down like Dido: but she wasn’t deposed by reasoning, but by religion.
Thought on the history of philosophy II
February 21, 2008 at 8:21 am (Uncategorized)