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Cosmopolitanism As A Matter Of Domestic Policy

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The chapter demonstrates that in Kant's modern political thought there is no contradiction between nationalism and cosmopolitanism, but the constitutional level of the national state, which is for Kant a State of mature citizens, is the very level on which the possibility of cosmopolitanism can be grounded. The Kant recalls the reasons why we must deal with cosmopolitanism within the national states and why we shall avoid any abstract moral projection beyond the real state of affairs. The first reason is modern momentum of citizenship. Kantian idea of cosmopolitanism is a mere maxim of practical reason and is important to re-read its problematics as a critical model that puts forward dissent before everything else. Habermas has juxtaposed as systematically and explicitly as possible the competition between the moral and the teleological and suspended the postulate of their convergence-which is what Habermas does not do in context of reflections on citizenship.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; domestic policy; Habermas; Kant



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