The original edition of Kant: Political Writings was first published in 1970, and has long been established as the principal English-language edition of this important body of writing. In this new, expanded edition two important texts illustrating Kant's view of history are included for the first time, his reviews of Herder's Ideas on the Philosophy of the History of Mankind and Conjectures on the Beginning of Human History, as well as the essay What is Orientation in Thinking?. In addition to a general introduction assessing Kant's political thought in terms of his fundamental principles of politics, this edition also contains such useful student aids as notes on the texts, a comprehensive bibliogaphy and a new postscript, looking at some of the principal issues in Kantian scholarship that have arisen since the first edition.
"For new students of Kant's political philosophy, Reiss's new edition is very helpful in offering an accessible but thorough editorial introduction to Kant's political thought; a fairly comprehensive selection of Kant's political work; and an up-to-date, detailed bibliography." Canadian Philosophical Reviews
Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Idea for a universal history with a cosmopolitan purpose; 3. An answer to the question: 'what is enlightenment?'; 4. On the common saying: 'this may be true in theory, but it does not apply in practice'; 5. Perpetual peace: a philosophical sketch; 6. The metaphysics of morals; 7. The contest of faculties; 8. Appendix; 9. Reviews of Herder's ideas on the philosophy of the history of mankind; 10. Conjectures on the beginning of human history; 11. Introduction to what is orientation in thinking?; 12. What is orientation in thinking?; Notes to the text; Bibliography; Index of names; Index of subjects.