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

Description du projet

Une perspective historique du droit cosmopolite de Kant

Le philosophe le plus célèbre d’Allemagne, Emmanuel Kant, reste encore influent aujourd’hui. Sa théorie du droit cosmopolite est l’un des cadres normatifs les plus influents pour analyser et évaluer l’état de notre société mondialisée. Le projet GEECOSM, financé par l’UE, examinera les conférences de Kant sur la géographie physique et l’anthropologie pragmatique pour comprendre sa théorie du droit cosmopolite. Pour comprendre le droit cosmopolite de Kant, le projet situera ses conférences dans la culture académique de son université de Königsberg. Cette étude historique complète des conférences de Kant sur la géographie révélera pour la première fois son impact sur sa philosophie politique.

Objectif

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.

Coordinateur

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 246 669,12
Adresse
WILHELMSPLATZ 1
37073 Gottingen
Allemagne

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Région
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Göttingen
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Liens
Coût total
€ 246 669,12

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