Cultural Difference and Kant's Cosmopolitan Law

Garrett Wallace Brown

in Grounding Cosmopolitanism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638819
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652822 | DOI:
Cultural Difference and Kant's Cosmopolitan Law

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This chapter discusses the role of cultural diversity in Kant's cosmopolitan thought. In this chapter, it defends a reformulation of Kant's epistemology of culture against cultural relativists, cultural pluralists and claims from culture which deny the possibility of cosmopolitan law. It argues that cosmopolitan law does not command normative shifts beyond the psychological or cultural capacities of human beings and further suggests that cultures are not static entities that should be protected from a concept of cosmopolitan law. The ultimate position is that a Kantian vision of cosmopolitan law does not reduce a plurality of cultures, but seeks to establish minimal cosmopolitan principles in order to allow various cultures to peacefully coexist.

Keywords: cultural diversity; Kant; cultural relativists; cultural pluralists; cosmopolitan thought

Chapter.  10113 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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