Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Eric Entrican Wilson

Second Advisor

Jessica Noelle Berry

Third Advisor

Sebastian Gerard Rand


This thesis engages in an interpretative debate over Kant’s general aims in the first Critique. I argue that a defense of the rational legitimacy of religious faith is at the very center of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Moreover, I argue that Kant’s defense of faith is inextricably bound up with his views on the legitimacy of science. On my account, Kant’s Critique not only demonstrates that science is fully consistent with religious faith, but also that science, when properly understood, actually favors religious belief over non-belief.