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Single Idea 21057

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 1. Social Justice]

Full Idea

There is hope that the highest purpose of nature, a universal cosmopolitan existence, will at last be realised as the matrix within which all the original capacities of the human race may develop.

Gist of Idea

The highest ideal of social progress is a universal cosmopolitan existence


Immanuel Kant (Idea for a Universal History [1784], 8th)

A Reaction

Apart from Diogenes of Sinope, Kant seems to have been the first great champion of the cosmopolitan ideal. As I write (2018) the western world is putting up growing barriers against immigrants. I think my response may be to adopt Kantian cosmopolitanism.

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Political Writings', ed/tr. Reiss,Hans [CUP 1996], p.51

Related Idea

Idea 1764 Diogenes said he was a citizen of the world [Diogenes of Sin., by Diog. Laertius]