Kant’s Embedded Cosmopolitanism: History, Philosophy and Education for World Citizens

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, May 19, 2015 - Philosophy - 225 pages
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Kant’s omnipresence in contemporary cosmopolitan discourses contrasts with the fact that little is known about the historical origins and the systematic status of his cosmopolitan theory. This study argues that Kant’s cosmopolitanism should be understood as embedded and dynamic. Inspired by Rousseau, Kant developed a form of cosmopolitanism rooted in a modified form of republican patriotism. In contrast to static forms of cosmopolitanism, Kant conceived the tensions between embedded, local attachments and cosmopolitan obligations in dynamic terms. He posited duties to develop a cosmopolitan disposition (Gesinnung), to establish common laws or cosmopolitan institutions, and to found and promote legal, moral, and religious communities which reform themselves in a way that they can pass the test of cosmopolitan universality. This is the cornerstone of Kant’s cosmopolitanism, and the key concept is the vocation (Bestimmung) of the individual as well as of the human species. Since realizing or at least approaching this vocation is a long-term, arduous, and slow process, Kant turns to the pedagogical implications of this cosmopolitan project and spells them out in his later writings. This book uncovers Kant’s hidden theory of cosmopolitan education within the framework of his overall practical philosophy.

 

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Contents

Basedow Rousseau and cosmopolitan education
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a cosmopolitanminded educational reformer
94
52 Kants assessment of Basedows educational theory
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The split between cosmopolitan homme and patriotic citoyen
102
dynamic moral cosmopolitanism
105
Kants theory of moral cosmopolitan formation
117
61 An outline of moral education according to Kant
119
62 Education following Kantian principles as cosmopolitan formation
124

immanent or transcendent?
30
The manipulation education o selfeducation of humankind?
40
the duty of the human race towards itself
44
a historical interpretation
49
31 Kants commercial cosmopolitanism
51
international legal theory
55
the spirit of commerce the fourstage theory doux commerce global integration and mutual selfinterest ...
64
Rousseau on embedded cosmopolitanism
76
41 Rousseaus attack on forms of cosmopolitanism
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42 Rousseaus tentative republican cosmopolitanism
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43 Rousseaus vision of cosmopolitan education
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44 The limitations of Rousseaus approach
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Kant on cosmopolitical formation
133
71 The republican tradition and the Kantian republic
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72 Cosmopolitical education according to Kant
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73 Kants vision of progress in a genuine republic
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From Kant to the present
147
metaphysics history contingency
161
83 Kants legacy and the new cosmopolitanism
165
84 Kants didactics contemporary discourses and cultural developments
174
Bibliography
181
Subject index
207
Index of names
214
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Georg Cavallar, University of Vienna, Austria.

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