Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Kant’s “Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim”: A Critical Guide

Rorty, Amélie Oksenberg (Fellow, 2007-08); Schmidt, James, ed.

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

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, 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. Addresses the relevance of Kant's text to current discussions about cosmopolitanism, historical progress and globalisation; a thorough reconsideration of Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim by some of the most prominent Kant scholars in the English-speaking world; this book will be of interest to philosophers, social and political theorists, cultural and intellectual historians.


Subjects: History; Philosophy; Political Science; Cosmopolitanism; Social Theory; Intellectual History;