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The following statements are from Kant scholars who read my work before it was published. My thanks go to the authors for their permission to include their comments here.

Hans Poser (Berlin)

"All in all, the work has a thoroughly original thesis, with far-reaching implications. In methodological terms, it is extremely carefully prepared and presents, at the end, a conclusion that proves the dissertation's remarkable fruitfulness. Hence, the work shows a critical engagement far above average with a very difficult topic and in an exceptionally independent way."

Walter Jaeschke (Bochum)

"This is a remarkable doctoral dissertation which, as it were, rises far above the sea of secondary literature – not, admittedly, like a peaceful island tempting visitors to tarry but as an abruptly rising rock that will shatter some of the little ships keenly steered along the mainstream of Kant interpretations. … The problem of the postulates in the Critique of Practical Reason has been repeatedly addressed over a good two hundred years … and this work stands out for its completely, even revolutionary analysis of this problem; … moreover, this [is carried out] in a careful, well considered form that sets a benchmark in method."

Dieter Henrich (Munich)

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Mathias Wunsch (Berlin, Wuppertal)

"For Kant, God and pure practical reason are identical. Gerhard Schwarz has developed a thesis focusing on the postulate of God in the "Critique of Practical Reason" that has immense consequences and is seemingly at odds with conventional readings of Kant's concept of reason. Thanks to its clarity, and methodically reflected approach, its wealth of evidence, as well as its anticipation and repudiation of objections, the research achieves a level of argumentation that represents a major challenge to the criticism which can be expected of his thesis."

Monika Kopyczinski (Berlin)

"It is not easy to find and maintain a standpoint of one's own against the stream of one's time. In his work, however, Gerhard Schwarz has shown that it is still possible today to retain independence of thought and scientific research and not be content with the widespread prejudices and 'dogmas' in academic philosophy. The result is the discovery of a central moment in Kantian philosophy which has been repressed and silenced by the main body of reception for over two hundred years."