Date of Award

Spring 1944

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Our problem is rather clearly and brlefly suggested in the title of this thesis. It is to ascertain and set forth Kant's idea of the origin of evil, and then to trace its influence upon recent theology. The problem is complicated by the act that there are contradictory positions set forth by Kant in different ones of his works. The problem is further complicated by the fact that while certain recent theologians of great contemporary influence have undoubtedly been influenced by Kant, they have been influenced only in certain particulars of their theology and not in others. lt is also a part of our problem to evaluate this entire trend of thought.

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