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Grounding CosmopolitanismFrom Kant to the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution$
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Garrett Wallace Brown

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638819

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638819.001.0001

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Cultural Difference and Kant's Cosmopolitan Law

Cultural Difference and Kant's Cosmopolitan Law

(p.123) Chapter 4 Cultural Difference and Kant's Cosmopolitan Law
Grounding Cosmopolitanism

Garrett Wallace Brown

Edinburgh University Press

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

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