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Kant and the Concept of Race: Late Eighteenth-Century Writings

Kant and the Concept of Race: Late Eighteenth-Century Writings

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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 contemporaries—E. A. W. Zimmermann, Georg Forster, Christoph Meiners, and Christoph Girtanner—which 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438443621
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2014
Series: SUNY series, Philosophy and Race Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 387
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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)
Immanuel Kant

2. Of the Different Human Races (1777)
Immanuel Kant

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)
Immanuel Kant

5. Something More About the Human Races (1786)
Georg Forster

6. On the Use of Teleological Principles in Philosophy (1788)
Immanuel Kant

7. Of the Varieties and Deviate Forms of Negroes (1790)
Christoph Meiners

8. From Concerning the Kantian Priciple in Natural History: An Attempt to Treat this Science Philosophy (1796)
Christoph Girtanner

Appendix: Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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