XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Worldhood: Between Scholasticism and Cosmopolitanism

Byron Kaldis

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: Auditorium
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 12 aprile 2010


This paper discusses the notion of “world” in Kant’s rational cosmology in an attempt to re-read the distinction between the scholastic or academic mode of philosophy as opposed to the cosmopolitan one, as this contrast is usually understood. It is argued that the special status of this notion as a transcendental idea and what it necessarily brings in its wake by means of analysis links up with what is the heart of Kant’s critical project and thus with the possibility of the human good. In this sense it forms a bridge between the two rather exaggeratedly contrasted conceptions of the ultimate goal of philosophy.