Late Kant: Towards Another Law of the Earth

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 224 pages
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Immanuel Kant spent many of his younger years working on what are generally considered his masterpieces: the three Critiques. But his work did not stop there: in later life he began to reconsider subjects such as anthropology, and topics including colonialism, race and peace.
In Late Kant, Peter Fenves becomes one of the first to thoroughly explore Kant's later writings and give them the detailed scholarly attention they deserve. In his opening chapters, Fenves examines in detail the various essays in which Kant invents, formulates and complicates the thesis of 'radical evil' - a thesis which serves as the point of departure for all his later writings. Late Kant then turns towards the counter-thesis of 'radical mean-ness', which states that human beings exist on earth for the sake of another species or race of human beings. The consequences of this startling thesis are that human beings cannot claim possession of the earth, but must rather prepare the earth for its rightful owners.
Late Kant is the first book to develop the 'geo-ethics' of Kant's thought, and the idea that human beings must be prepared to concede their space for another kind of human. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the later works of Immanuel Kant.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
toward an unnumbered Remark in the Critique of Judgment
8
from the Preface to the first edition of the first Critique to the Doctrine of Right
32
On the Failure of All Philosophical Attempts at Theodicy
47
On the Radical Evil in Human Nature
75
Toward Eternal Peace
92
6 In the name of friendship or the case for inconsistency
114
7 Revolution in the air or the end of the human regime on earth
136
making way for another law of the earth
162
Notes
175
Bibliography
207
Sources
216
Index
217
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Peter Fenves is Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of A Peculiar Fate: Kant and World History (1991), "Chatter" Language and History in Kierkegaard (1993), Arresting Language: From Leibniz to Benjamin (2001), and the editor of Raising the Tone of Philosophy: Late Essays by Kant, Transformative Critique by Derrida (1993).

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