XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

I. Kant and J. Derrida on Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense

Boris Lvovich Gubman

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Newton
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010

Abstract

J. Derrida proposed an original reading of I. Kant’s project of philosophy in a cosmopolitan perspective revealing its relevance to contemporary global world problems. The Kantian teleology of history and his Eurocentrism are totally unacceptable for Derrida. At the same time, he attempted to give a new formula of philosophical universalism in the light of his deconstruction doctrine. Following Kant in his understanding of philosophy as a free self-founding activity of thought, Derrida believed that cosmopolitan philosophy today should prove its universalist and critical potential on the way of rejection of Eurocentrism and vigilant preservation of its European roots in negotiations with different cultural and philosophical tradition. Cosmopolitan philosophy, in Derrida’s coinage, should become an important weapon of the intellectuals unified under the banner of university without condition in their deconstructive struggle for the ideal perspective of democracy to come.