„Rasse“ und Naturteleologie bei Kant: Zum Rassismusproblem der Vernunft

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Immanuel Kant is, famously, not only the major philosopher of European enlightenment, but also one of the first philosophers to develop a philosophical theory of "human races". How do these two sides of Kant relate to each other? What is the significance of race in Kant's philosophy? In this article, we aim to discuss these questions by taking (1st) a close look into the conceptual and philosophical presuppositions underlying Kant's understanding of race; relating them (2nd) to the concept of teleology as developed by Kant in the Critique of Judgement and to the idea of natural history that can be derived from there. In the last two chapters (3rd and 4th), we intertwine both perspectives in such a way that, on the one hand, we can determine the philosophical significance of race for Kant, and, on the other hand, show how a race-sensible perspective gives new and critical insight into Kant's concept of reason.
Translated title of the contribution"Race" and natural teleology in the works of Kant: On the racism problem of reason
Original languageGerman
JournalDeutsche Zeitschrift fur Philosophie
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)619-640
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 26.10.2022

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    Research areas

  • Immanuel Kant, race, natural history, teleology, Critique of Judgement
  • Philosophy