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"Second, it is precisely Kantian cosmopolitanism, with its progressive vision of a history that tends toward a global confederacy if not world republic state, that suited these imperialist, racialist tendencies."

Pauline Kleingeld, in her excellent recent book _Kant and Cosmopolitanism_, does, I think, an excellent job of showing that this isn't a good reading of Kant's view of cosmopolitanism, either before or (especially not) after he modified his own racist views. It's much closer to the views, associated with the French Revolution, that he is responding to. It's an excellent and scholarly book, well worth reading.

Eric Schliesser

Yes, Pauline's book is excellent. And I am convinced she is right that Kant changed his view on race/slavery and colonialism. But chapter four provides plenty of evidence for the idea that Kant's (earlier) ideas were quite usable to those with less judgment. [By the way, this sentence is not irrelevant: 'Here, too, we must also note that Kant's philosophy provides resources for a more ennobling cosmopolitanism--of the sort that Van Norden seems to embrace!']

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