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Kant, a Cosmopolitan in Königsberg: an Idea for a Local History with a Cosmopolitan Aim

Projektbeschreibung

Eine historische Perspektive zu Kants kosmopolitischem Recht

Der Einfluss des berühmtesten Philosophen Deutschlands – Immanuel Kant – reicht bis zum heutigen Tage. Seine Theorie des kosmopolitischen Rechts ist einer der bedeutendsten normativen Rahmen für die Untersuchung und Bewertung des Zustandes unserer globalisierten Gesellschaft. Im Rahmen des EU-finanzierten Projekts GEOCOSM werden Kants Vorlesungen zu physikalischer Geographie und pragmatischer Anthropologie untersucht, um seine Theorie des kosmopolitischen Rechts zu ergründen. Dazu wird das Projektteam seine Vorlesungen in den Kontext der akademischen Kultur seiner Universität in Königsberg einordnen. Diese umfassende historische Untersuchung der Vorlesungen von Kant über Geographie wird erstmals aufzeigen, wie sie seine politische Philosophie beeinflusste.

Ziel

Kant, a Cosmopolitan in Königsberg: Idea for a local history with a Cosmopolitan Aim Abstract: This project provides a historical contextualist analysis of the relationship between Immanuel Kant’s theory of cosmopolitan law and his lectures on Physical Geography. The reformulation of Kant’s theory of cosmopolitan law into our present context has perhaps proved to be one of the most influential normative frameworks for analysing and evaluating the state of our globalized society. However, recent critics have suggested that the global order, proposed by Kant, does not simply rest on universal values but is rather historically rooted in a European centre with an imperialistic agenda. This criticism largely hinges on a reintroduction of Kant’s lectures on Physical Geography and Pragmatic Anthropology as the proper historical context for understanding Kant’s cosmopolitan right. The question, however, is how to understand this context. The objective of this project is to situate Kant’s lectures within the academic culture of his University in Königsberg. I propose to see the lectures as an active engagement with the inclusion of Königsberg into world society, and hence as a way of problematizing the process of globalization. This means that the lectures should not, as critics have suggested, be interpreted as the basis of Kant’s cosmopolitan law but rather the other way around: his theory of cosmopolitan law should be seen as critical answers given to questions identified and raised in the lectures. Despite the growing interest in these lectures there is still no comprehensive historical study of Kant’s lectures on geography and its role in his political philosophy. The ultimate aim of this project is to deliver such a study.

Koordinator

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Netto-EU-Beitrag
€ 246 669,12
Adresse
WILHELMSPLATZ 1
37073 Gottingen
Deutschland

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Region
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Göttingen
Aktivitätstyp
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Gesamtkosten
€ 246 669,12

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