ZOOM Colloq: Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): What is Kant's Non-Ideal Theory of Politics
What is Kant's Non-Ideal Theory of Politics
ABSTRACT: Kant’s political thought must be understood by reference to his philosophy of history, cultural anthropology, and geography. Doing so generates a non-ideal theory of politics, which supplements his well-known ideal theory of cosmopolitanism and challenging the common assumption that an ideal theory of cosmopolitanism constitutes Kant’s sole political legacy. Kant employs a teleological worldview throughout his political writings as a means of grappling with the pressing issues of multiplicity, diversity, and plurality—issues that confront us to this day. This paper will explain what Kant's nonideal theory of politics is and how it can be useful for thinking about contemporary political issues.