Kantian Cosmopolitanism beyond 'Perpetual Peace': Commercium, Critique, and the Cosmopolitan Problematic

European Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):118-143 (2013)
Abstract
: Most contemporary attempts to draw inspiration from Kant's cosmopolitan project focus exclusively on the prescriptive recommendations he makes in his article, ‘On Perpetual Peace’. In this essay, I argue that there is more to his cosmopolitan point of view than his normative agenda. Kant has a unique and interesting way of problematizing the way individuals and peoples relate to one another on the stage of world history, based on a notion that human beings who share the earth in common ‘originally’ constitute a ‘commercium’ of thoroughgoing interaction. By unpacking this concept of ‘commercium’, we can uncover in Kant a more critical perspective on world history that sets up the cosmopolitan as a specific kind of historical-political challenge. I will show that we can distinguish this level of problematization from the prescriptive level at which Kant formulates his familiar recommendations in ‘Perpetual Peace’. I will further show how his particular way of framing the cosmopolitan problematic can be expanded and expatiated upon to develop a more critical, reflexive, and open-ended conception of cosmopolitan thinking
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2010.00437.x
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,182
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Kant's Transcendental Idealism.Henry E. Allison - 2004 - Yale University Press.
Practical Philosophy.Immanuel Kant - 1996 - Cambridge University Press.

View all 41 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Kant’s Theory of Cosmopolitanism and Hegel’s Critique.Robert Fine - 2003 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (6):609-630.
Cosmopolitanism.Robert Fine - 2007 - New York.
On History.Immanuel Kant - 1963 - Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.
Cosmopolitan Community and the Law of World Citizenship.Sharon Anderson-Gold - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 3:45-50.
Cosmopolitanism and Peace in Kant’s Essay on ‘Perpetual Peace’.Jørgen Huggler - 2010 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 29 (2):129-140.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-11-12

Total downloads

65 ( #81,156 of 2,172,023 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #173,295 of 2,172,023 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums