Kant's Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim

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  • Copyright: 2012-07-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Lively debates about narratives of historical progress, the conditions for international justice, and the implications of globalisation have prompted a renewed interest in Kant's Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim. The essays in this volume, first published in 2009 and written by distinguished contributors, discuss the questions that are at the core of Kant's investigations. Does the study of history convey any philosophical insight? Can it provide political guidance? How are we to understand the destructive and bloody upheavals that constitute so much of human experience? What connections, if any, can be traced between politics, economics, and morality? What is the relation between the rule of law in the nation state and the advancement of a cosmopolitan political order? These questions and others are examined and discussed in a book that will be of interest to philosophers, social and political theorists, and intellectual and cultural historians.

Table of Contents

Introduction: history as philosophy
Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim
Teleology and history in Kant
The purposive development of human capacitiesvKarl Ameriks
Reason as a species characteristic
Good out of evil: Kant and the idea of unsocial sociability
The unsociable sociability of human nature
The crooked timber of mankind
A habitat for humanity
Cosmopolitanism and the final end of history
The hidden plan of nature
Providence as progress: Kant's variations on a tale of origins
Norms, facts, and the philosophy of history
Philosophy helps history
Index of names and works
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