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Natura daedala rerum? On the justification of historical progress in Kant's guarantee of perpetual peace

Ypi, Lea (2010) Natura daedala rerum? On the justification of historical progress in Kant's guarantee of perpetual peace. Kantian Review, 14 (02). pp. 118-148. ISSN 1369-4154

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Abstract

This article analyses the teleological argument justifying historical progress in Kant's Guarantee of Perpetual Peace. It starts by examining the controversies produced by Kant's claim that the teleology of nature supports the idea of a providential development of humanity towards moral progress and the possibility of achieving a cosmopolitan political constitution. It further illustrates how Kant's teleological argument in Perpetual Peace needs to be assessed with reference to two systematically relevant issues: first, the problem of coordination linked to the necessity of realizing the ‘highest good’ as a historical end of practical reason, and secondly the problem of continuity posed by the temporal limitation of all individual efforts to cultivate moral dispositions. To illustrate the implications of both issues for the teleological argument in Perpetual Peace, the article draws attention to some important developments in Kant's analysis of teleology following the Critique of Judgment.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.esaim-m2an.org/action/displayJournal?ji...
Additional Information: © 2010 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 09:37
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38493/

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