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Real Universality as a Challenge to the Cosmopolitan Ideal

From: Multicultural Dynamics and the Ends of History


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 for, then despair at, what actually goes on "in history," which, if human beings did not also show themselves capable of rational thought, could only be characterized as "this idiotic course of things human." A consequence of this is that Kant’s speculative effort does not sufficiently consider how the attempt to articulate the telos of history combines with an understanding of the dynamics of history, of what moves history towards this end.



Réal Fillion

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