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Authors:Áron Telegdi-Csetri: New Europé College, Bucharest, Romania
Publication title:Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Practice: Towards a Systematic Place of Kant’s Religion
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:062
Abstract:Throughout the whole of Kant’s cosmopolitanism – a guiding principle underlying his entire system – as defined in his idea of “philosophy in a cosmopolitan sense”, there lies a fundamental ambiguity, one that we might call the cosmopolitical problem: on the one hand, the word “cosmopolitanism” comports a political meaning, on the other, it seems nothing more than a moral stance in Kant. Trying to address this problem, departing from a reconstruction of a Kantian definition of politics, we arrive at a more specific sense of the cosmo-political, namely, the idea of the Kingdom of Virtue, as presented in his Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason. Besides the consequences of this idea upon Kant’s cosmopolitan principle, we can also observe how it gives sense to his idea of culture – more specifically, of cultural difference – as the bearer of a specifically political freedom, namely, the right to differ. Returning to the idea of the Kingdom of Virtue, we conclude that it suggests an alternative approach to cosmopolitanism. Thus understood, cosmopolitanism operates through – culturally developed – mentalities, not through common deliberation, i.e., politics proper, but it still remains the par excellence scene of the cosmo-political.

This research has been carried out within the research project financed by UEFISCDI, contract number 261 /August 05 2010; project manager: Áron Telegdi-Csetri.

Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:12
Pages:579-590
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/062/ecp11062062.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Áron Telegdi-Csetri (2011). Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Practice: Towards a Systematic Place of Kant’s Religion, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=062 (accessed 7/29/2014)