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Chapter 12 - Cosmopolitical unity: the final destiny of the human species

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 November 2014

Alix Cohen
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University of Edinburgh
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Immanuel Kant's anthropological conception of the character and destiny of the human species, even in the relatively early, Johann Bernhard Basedow-influenced Friedländer transcription, definitely includes a strong political component. A key component in Kant's teleological orientation toward human nature and its development is his frequent use of the related terms Keime (germs) and Anlagen (predispositions). The development of the cosmopolitical predisposition is a means to realizing the moral predisposition. Another key component in Kant's analysis of the character of the human species is the concept of destiny (Bestimmung). Kant's repeated emphases on struggle and work over enjoyment and play are yet another key feature in his anthropological account of the character of the human species. The factor that Kant attaches the most importance to in his anthropological account of the development of the human species is what he calls a perfect civil constitution.
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Kant's Lectures on Anthropology
A Critical Guide
, pp. 211 - 229
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2014

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