‘Politics and Teleology in Kant’ edited by Tatiana Patrone, Paul Formosa & Avery Goldman

Published by University of Wales Press in 2014.

(.pdf & .epub)

This volume critically examines and elucidates the complex relationship between politics and teleology in Kant’s philosophical system. Examining this relationship is of key philosophical importance since Kant develops his political philosophy in the context of a teleological conception of the purposiveness of both nature and human history. Kant’s approach poses the dual task of reconciling his normative political theory with both his priori moral philosophy and his teleological philosophy of nature and human history. The fourteen essays in this volume, by leading scholars in the field, explore the relationship between teleology and politics from multiple perspectives.

Together, the essays explore Kant’s normative political theory and legal philosophy, his cosmopolitanism and views on international relations, his theory of history, his theory of natural teleology, and the broader relationship between morality, history, nature and politics in Kant’s works. This important new volume will be of interest to a wide audience, including Kant scholars, scholars and students working on topics in moral and political philosophy, the philosophy of history, political theory and political science, legal scholars and international relations theorists, as well as those interested broadly in the history of ideas.


Introduction: The Connection between Politics and Teleology in Kant by Paul Formosa, Avery Goldman and Tatiana Patrone
1. Natural Right in Toward Perpetual Peace by Howard Williams
2. The Ends of Politics: Kant on Sovereignty, Civil Disobedience and Cosmopolitanism by Paul Formosa
3. The Development of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism by Pauline Kleingeld
4. Kant’s Principles of Publicity by Allen Wood
5. Public Reason and Kantian Civic Education, or: Are the Humanities ‘Dispensable’ and If Not, Why Not? by Susan Meld Shell
6. Kant, Justice and Civic Fellowship by Sarah Holtman
7. Teleology and the Grounds of Duties of Juridical Right by Tatiana Patrone
8. The Guarantee of Perpetual Peace: Three Concerns by Luigi Caranti
9. Teleology in Kant’s Philosophy of History and Political Philosophy by Thomas Fiegle
10. The Political Foundations of Prophetic History by Sharon Anderson-Gold
11. What Are We Allowed to Hope? Kant’s Philosophy of History as Political Philosophy by Fotini Vaki
12. The Principle of Purposiveness: From the Beautiful to the Biological and Finally to the Political in Kant’s Critique of Judgment by Avery Goldman
13. Perfected Humanity: Nature’s Final End and the End in Itself by Richard Dean
14. Kant’s Pure Ethics and the Problem of ‘Application’ by Angelica Nuzzo

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