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Cosmotheology - Kant's definition and my own

When I came up with the neologism Cosmotheology a year or two ago, I was not aware that the philosopher external link Immanuel Kant had already coined the word in his Project Gutenberg online text Critique of Pure Reason to refer to a type of transcendental theology. Kant, according to the Wikipedia link Stubby Wikipedia page wrote that

"Transcendental theology aims either at inferring the existence of a Supreme Being from a general experience, without any closer reference to the world to which this experience belongs, and in this case it is called cosmotheology; or it endeavours to cognize the existence of such a being, through mere conceptions, without the aid of experience, and is then termed ontotheology."

My definition however differs from Kant's in that it refers not to God as a Supreme Being or seperate being, but rather to the realation between the limitless Supreme Reality (which includes all beings and all things) and the woirld of finite existence, in order to explain how the latter can emerge as a mode or aspect or poise of the former. Kant's definitions are in both cases (onto- and cosmo-theology) rationalistic, whereas my definition is based on gnosis and experience beyond reason (but which still includes as well a stranscends the world), which is then only secondarily interpreted (and distorted!) through the dualistic mind. So the our two respective definitions are quitre distinct and do not overlap.



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