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

Descripción del proyecto

Una perspectiva histórica del Derecho cosmopolita de Kant

El filósofo más famoso de Alemania, Immanuel Kant, aún sigue teniendo influencia. Su teoría del Derecho cosmopolita es uno de los marcos normativos más influyentes para el análisis y la evaluación del estado de nuestra sociedad globalizada. El proyecto GEOCOSM, financiado con fondos europeos, revisará las ponencias de Kant sobre la geografía física y la antropología pragmática para entender su teoría del Derecho cosmopolita. A fin de entender el Derecho cosmopolita de Kant, el proyecto situará sus ponencias dentro de la cultura académica de su Universidad en Königsberg. Este estudio pionero, histórico y exhaustivo de las ponencias de Kant sobre geografía desvelará cómo repercutieron en su filosofía política.

Objetivo

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.

Coordinador

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 246 669,12
Dirección
WILHELMSPLATZ 1
37073 Gottingen
Alemania

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Región
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Göttingen
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 246 669,12

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