In a description of his new book, The Intolerable God, author Christopher J. Insole tells about a central struggle in the philosopher Immanuel Kant: the conflict between happiness and freedom.
Now this sounds strange to American ears. Surely, freedom is essential to happiness. But Kant relates the issue to God. Here is how Insole describes Kant’s dilemma:
We need God if we are to hope for happiness, as Kant thinks we must. We also need freedom, in a strong sense, in order to be moral. God must withdraw for this freedom to be possible. But if God withdraws, happiness can no longer be attained.
Read about this after the jump. How would you resolve this dilemma? I offer some thoughts myself. [Read more…]