XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

"Nachschrift eines Freundes": Kant on Language, Friendship and the Concept of a People

Susan Shell

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Hume
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010

Abstract

Kant’s brief “Postscript of a Friend” serves as a peculiar coda to his life work. The last of Kant’s writing to be published during his lifetime, it is both a friendly endorsement of Christian Gottlieb Mielcke’s newly competed Lithuanian-German and German-Lithuanian Dictionary, and a plea in Kant’s own name for the preservation of minority languages, Lithuanian in particular. This support for minority languages has no visible precedent in his earlier writings, in which national, civic and linguistic identities and associated loyalties tend to overlap. Considered in light both of historical circumstance and of such important contemporaneous writings the Anthropology Kant's "Postscript" yields important clues as to his late understanding of nationality and role of language in civic formation and education.