XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Biological Roots of Kant's Concept of Culture

Igor Eterovic

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Diderot
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010

Abstract

Kant's third Critique tries to connect at first glance completely separate realms. On the one side, human being is a biological organism which is subjected to the lawfullness of nature and, on the other, human being is a free agent which is engaged in creating the kingdom of moral ends. I am arguing that Kant's attempt of bridging the gap in his own philosophy is most plausibly defendable only if we take for serious the last part of his third Critique, where he introduced the concept of culture (5: 431). I am trying to show that the crucial point in this bridging is step from animality to humanity (6: 26), i.e. the step of becoming cultivated. Explanation of the origin (and progress) of culture is the only way to understand how it is possible to create humanity from a mere animality. The culture of discipline and the culture of skill should take a central point in providing such explanation.