‘The Play of Nature’: Human Beings in Kant’s Geography


‘The Play of Nature’: Human Beings in Kant’s Geography


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Book Chapter


Chapter in Reading Kant’s Geography.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: For almost forty years, German enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant gave lectures on geography, more than almost any other subject. Kant believed that geography and anthropology together provided knowledge of the world, an empirical ground for his thought. Above all, he thought that knowledge of the world was indispensable to the development of an informed cosmopolitan citizenry that would be self-ruling. While these lectures have received very little attention compared to his work on other subjects, they are an indispensable source of material and insight for understanding his work, specifically his thinking and contributions to anthropology, race theory, space and time, history, the environment and the emergence of a mature public. This indispensable volume brings together world-renowned scholars of geography, philosophy and related disciplines to offer a broad discussion of the importance of Kant's work on this topic for contemporary philosophical and geographical work.



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State University of New York Press


Continental Philosophy, Philosophy, Anthropology, Political Science

‘The Play of Nature’: Human Beings in Kant’s Geography

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