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Multicultural Dynamics and the Ends of History

Exploring Kant, Hegel, and Marx

Multicultural Dynamics and the Ends of History provides a strikingly original reading of key texts in the philosophy of history by Kant, Hegel, and Marx, as well as strong arguments for why these texts are still relevant to understanding history today. Réal Fillion offers a critical exposition of the theses of these three authors on the dynamics and the ends of history, in order to provide an answer to the question: "Where are we headed?" Grounding his answer in the twin observations that the world is becoming increasingly multicultural and increasingly unified, Fillion reasserts the task of the speculative philosophy of history as it had been understood by German philosophy: the articulation and understanding the historical process as a developmental whole. Fillion’s interpretation engages many recent strands of social and political thought in order to provide a new understanding of current events, and possible futures, grounded in the understanding of the dynamics of the past and the present provided by Kant, Hegel, and Marx. The result is a rich and timely answer to the question of where our world is headed today.


Réal Fillion

Réal Fillion is associate professor of Philosophy at the University of Sudbury.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


Introduction 17 $2.21


For Kant, a position that enables us to consider the whole of history can be found if we adopt a cosmopolitan point of view. The idea of cosmopolitanism is quite popular at the present time … 18 $2.34


Through Kant’s idea that the intelligibility of the historical process as a whole should be grasped as revealing a "secret plan of Nature," he actually betrays, if not disdain … 19 $2.47


Kant’s understanding of hospitality raises a number of interesting questions. Although it is clear that his own definition considers the hospitality that we owe others to be conditional, … 8 $1.04


In trying to understand our world as "multicultural," we must think through and with the coexistence of many different independent cultures sharing a common space or territory. While it … 18 $2.34


Hegel wants to show that history is not a cold, anonymous process that simply sweeps up human lives and never looks back. Indeed, his philosophy of history is primarily concerned with the … 17 $2.21


Marx wants to show us that it is the productive forces that have developed out of our passionate engagements with each other and the world (of nature) that are at the heart of "actual … 18 $2.34


This chapter shows how Marx’s framework, suitably updated, can help us better make sense of the fact that the world is becoming increasingly multicultural, in a way that allows us to deepen … 18 $2.34


Conclusion 8 $1.04