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Kant’s nomads: encountering strangers

Flikschuh, Katrin (2017) Kant’s nomads: encountering strangers. Con-Textos Kantianos (5). pp. 346-368. ISSN 2386-7655

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There is a tendency within the literature to decry Kant as either a proto-imperialist or as a proto-democrat in relation to his views on distant strangers. I here take an alternative view, arguing that Kant’s cosmopolitan morality is considerably more context-sensitive than is often assumed. More specifically, I argue that Kant’s encounter with American nomads on the final pages of his Doctrine of Right reflects a nuanced reading of European settlers’ requisite comportment towards them: Kant neither endorses a universal duty of state entrance nor does he place nomads beyond all possible moral engagement with European settlers.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Government
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 09:45
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 06:06

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