Kant's Argument in Support of a
    Demonstration of the Existence of God

    Immanuel Kant. Der einzig mögliche Beweisgrund zu einer Demonstration des Daseyns Gottes [The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of the Existence of God]. Königsberg: Johann Jacob Kanter, 1763. First edition. Small octavo. 14, [2, half-title], [1]-205, [1, errata] pages. Bound without the final blank leaf. Signatures: [pi]8 A-M8 N8(-N8). Decorative woodcut vignette (printer's device) on title; decorative woodcut head-piece on page [3]; woodcut ornaments at head of each page.

    In a plain binding of modern dark brown leather. Sprinkled edges. Title with piece missing at outer margin, with early repair; small hole, repaired on verso; torn at gutter where it has adhered to front free endpaper, with a few small pieces missing. Repaired tear in the text (pages 7/8), with a tiny hole, affecting a couple of letters; paper flaw outer margin of K2 (pages 147/148); M8 (pages 191/192) with short tear and crease in gutter; short tear upper corner of final leaf, repaired on verso. Dampstaining in the lower margin, most noticeable on the final leaf. Small stain in upper margin of K4-L5 (pages 151-170). Apart from the problems with the title leaf, this is a very good copy.

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    "In a work published in 1763, The Only Possible Basis for a Demonstration of the Existence of God, Kant deepened the critique of the ontological argument already suggested in 1755. He accompanied that critique with an attack upon the two other forms of proof of the existence of God that had still enjoyed currency in eighteenth-century debates, the argument from the existence of a contingent creation to some necessary cause of it (what he called the 'cosmological' argument) and the argument from design, the argument that the orderly form of the world we observe around us can be explained only by the activity of an intelligent designer (what he called the argument from 'physicotheology'). Yet Kant still argued that there was an a priori proof for the existence of God available, which had been overlooked by his predecessors: God could be demonstrated as the necessary ground of even the mere possibility of existence" (The Cambridge Companion to Kant).


    Adickes 33; Warda 23.

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