Kant and Spinoza on the Old Covenant

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Wojciech Kozyra
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Spinoza is often presented as an important source for Kant’s view on Judaism and the Old Testament. This claim is often made on the basis of the alleged affinity between the relevant ideas of the two thinkers. In this article, I agree with scholars who point out that Spinoza’s direct influence on Kant’s view of the Old Covenant can be doubted, and further argue that the substance of their ideas about the Hebrew Bible is fundamentally different. I discuss their views on biblical hermeneutics (here showing some affinity between them), the Mosaic law (its content and divinity), and especially the significance of Judaism for Christianity, where the discrepancy between Kant and Spinoza regarding the Old Covenant becomes particularly evident.

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Kozyra, Wojciech. (2022) 2022. “Kant and Spinoza on the Old Covenant”. Diametros 19 (73):1-19. https://doi.org/10.33392/diam.1806.
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