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Teleology in Kant’s Philosophy of Culture and History:

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This chapter concerns the problem of Kant's division of philosophy itself into a theoretical and a practical dimension and its meaning for the philosophy of culture and history. For understanding the teleology in Kant's philosophy of culture and history, within the context of the problem sketched above, Kant's critique of teleological judgment, especially the doctrine on the final purpose (Endzwecklehre), is very important. The Kant's philosophy of culture deals with the purposeful development of the natural dispositions (Naturanlagen) of humans. It is especially Kant's philosophy of history, based on his philosophy of culture, which is a "philosophical attempt" to determine the "universal history of the world to the plan of nature in its aiming at a perfect civil union on the level of mankind" (VIII, 29). Kant formulates his concept of a "philosophical history" (VIII, 31, cf. 18) in his Idee zu einer allgemeinen Geschichte in weltbürgerlicher Absicht.

Keywords:culture; history; Kant's philosophy

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