Kant and the Concept of Race: Late Eighteenth-Century Writings available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Late eighteenth-century writings on race by Kant and four of his contemporaries.
Kant and the Concept of Race features translations of four texts by Immanuel Kant frequently designated his Racenschriften (race essays), in which he develops and defends an early theory of race. Also included are translations of essays by four of Kant’s contemporariesE. A. W. Zimmermann, Georg Forster, Christoph Meiners, and Christoph Girtannerwhich illustrate that Kant’s interest in the subject of race was part of a larger discussion about human “differences,” one that impacted the development of scientific fields ranging from natural history to physical anthropology to biology.
About the Author
Jon M. Mikkelsen is Professor of Philosophy at Missouri Western State University.
Table of Contents
Translator’s Introduction: Recent Work on Kant’s Race Theory / The Texts / The Translations
1. Of the Different Human Races: An Announcement for Lectures in Physical Geography in the Summer Semester (1775)
2. Of the Different Human Races (1777)
3. From Geographical History of Human Beings and the Universally Dispersed Quadrupeds (1778)
E. A. W. Zimmermann
4. Determination of the Concept of a Human Race (1785)
5. Something More About the Human Races (1786)
6. On the Use of Teleological Principles in Philosophy (1788)
7. Of the Varieties and Deviate Forms of Negroes (1790)
8. From Concerning the Kantian Priciple in Natural History: An Attempt to Treat this Science Philosophy (1796)