Afterword. On Enlightenment and the Most Difficult Problem of the Human Species

James Scott Johnston

Resumen


In this Afterword, I discuss the papers contained in the dossier in regards to a central issue for Kant: leadership. The issue for Kant is the paradox of the human species’ need for a master that is human yet morally perfect. This of course is an as-yet unobtainable requirement that Kant thinks can only be properly met through a civil constitution. The issues of elitism and the tension between a ‘maximal’ and ‘minimal’ Enlightenment in light of Kant’s requirement will be discussed.

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Kant; Enlightenment; Civil Constitution; Leadership; Master; Elitism

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Referencias


Fleischacker, S. (2013). What is Enlightenment? New York: Routledge.

Honneth, A., McCarthy, T., Offe, C., and Wellmer, A. (Eds.) (1992) Cultural-Political

Interventions in the Unfinished Project of Enlightenment, Cambridge, Ma: MIT Press.

Kant, I. Gesammelte Schriften Hrsg: Bd. 1-22 Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Bd. 23 Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, ab Bd. 24 Akademie der

Wissenschaften zu Göttingen. Berlin 1900ff.

Kant, I. (2011) An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment? Translated by M.

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———(1996a) Groundwork on the Metaphysics of Morals, translated by M. Gregor,

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

———(1996b) On the Saying: That may be Correct in Theory, But It is of no Use in

Practice, translated by M. Gregor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

———(1996c) The Metaphysics of Morals, translated by M. Gregor, Cambridge:

Cambridge University Press.

———(1999) Idea for a Universal History with Cosmopolitical Intent, translated by A.

Wood, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

———(2001) Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason, translated by A. Wood,

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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