Kant's Theory of History: A Couple of Problems and Some Proposals

Lecture by professor Christoph Horn (Universität Bonn), organized by Filosofisk seminar and the Norwegian Kant Society.

Kant’s account of history is highly problematic starting from its very beginning in the writing Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim [1784]. I want to identify five different problems that it contains: namely the problem of heteronomy, the problem of cynicism, the problem of fatalism, the problem of dogmatism, and the problem of naturalism. As I try to make plausible, the last problem is the most fundamental and the most serious one. Reflecting on it, one might get even the impression that Kant is leaving behind such fundamental convictions as that of pure moral normativity and of transcendental freedom.

Christoph Horn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bonn. He works on various aspects of ancient philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine) as well as modern moral and political thought, especially on Kant. Publications: Plotin über Sein, Zahl und Einheit, Stuttgart/Leipzig 1995. Augustinus, München 1995. Antike Lebenskunst, München 1998. Politische Philosophie, Darmstadt 2003. He has also the following volumes: Augustinus, De civitate dei, Berlin 1997. (with Ch. Rapp):Wörterbuch der antiken Philosophie, München 2002. (with N. Scarano) Philosophie der Gerechtigkeit. Texte von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Frankfurt a.M. 2002. (with D. Schönecker): Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Frankfurt a.M. 2006. (with C. Mieth und N. Scarano): Kant. Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten, Frankfurt a.M. 2007. (with Ada Neschke): Politischer Aristotelismus. Die Rezeption der aristotelischen ‚Politik’ von der Antike bis zum 19. Jahrhundert, Stuttgart/Weimar 2008. (with Jörn Müller and Joachim Söder): Platon-Handbuch. Leben – Werk – Wirkung, Stuttgart/Weimar 2009. (with Guido Löhrer): Gründe und Zwecke - Texte zur aktuellen Handlungstheorie, Berlin 2010. 

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