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T h e o b v io u s a n d p r e lim in a r y a n s w e r is, th ro u g h th e e ffe c t o f rea so n . A s th e ‘p o w e r o f o r ig in a t in g a s e rie s o f e v e n ts ’, re a s o n - c o m p le te ly f r e e in its in t e llig ib le c h a r a c te r - d e te r m in e s o u r c o n c r e te a c tio n s (A 5 5 4 / B 5 8 2 ). A s su ch , it is n o t c o n d it io n e d b y n a tu r a l law s as it is n o u m e n a l, a n d y e t its e f fe c t is u n d e n ia b ly e m p ir ic a l. W it h r e s p e c t to ‘ n e w states’, th e n , r e a s o n is always d e t e r m in in g , n e v e r d e t e r m in a b le (A 5 5 6 / B 5 8 4 ).

Kant, is n o d iffe r e n t , th o u g h i f th e s h a d o w o f e v il is r e la tiv e ly e a s ie r to f o llo w in R e lig io n ,* t h e c lu e s a r e n o t n e a r ly as o b v io u s in th e C ritic a l w o rk s f o r th e r e is s till m u c h o f th e in v e s ti­ g a tiv e a p p a ra tu s la c k in g : r a d ic a l e v il, t h e W ille/ W/Y/Äi/r d is tin c tio n a n d th e p ro p e n s ity to e v il (H a n g ), f o r in s ta n c e , a r e p e rh a p s e m b r y o n ic in h is m in d , b u t n o t y e t d e fin it e e n o u g h to s h e d fu r t h e r lig h t u p o n th e c a s e at h a n d .

N o t q u ite . 1 d o n o t w a n t to r e ify th e m y s te ry o f th e s o u l w h e r e b y a n y th in g , ‘ G o d - w illin g ’, c a n h a p p e n , o r le n d s u p p o r t to s e lf-h e lp th e r a p ie s c la im in g th at m e r e p o s itiv e t h in k in g s u ffic e s t o p ro v o k e , n u r tu r e a n d sustain p r o f o u n d e x is te n t ia l tra n s fo r m a tio n s . T h e r e is a lot m o r e t o it, as w e w ill s e e in th e u p c o m in g p a g e s . N o r a m I s u g g e s tin g K a n t is th e firs t t h in k e r to u n d e r lin e t h e im p o r t a n c e o f th is th em e .

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