Book Review: Rorty & Schmidt’s Kant’s Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim

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  1. csbllj says:

    “experience reveals something of such a course [of a rational history] as nature’s aim; I say: it reveals a little.” (Kant 19) That is, the events that Kant cites to buttress his claims, social organization, trade, international law, and others, are all susceptible to being again reduced to merely the results of human desires and self-interests, to instrumental reason. There is thus nothing inherently moral about the development of civil society.