Kant’s Cosmopolitanism and the Idea of Race: Public Talk by Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou
Some scholars argue that Kant is a universal egalitarian, which can be seen in his cosmopolitan philosophy. In the essay “Toward Perpetual Peace” (1795), Kant supposedly offers provisions that displace the racist views that he previously held in the essays on race of the 1780s. As I focus on Kant’s discussion of enslavement and colonialism in the essay on perpetual peace, I show that Kant’s cosmopolitan philosophy is not universally egalitarian and in fact relies on racial inequality.
This talk is sponsored by Ethical Inquiry at Carleton (EthIC)