Kant, ‘anthropology’ and the new human universal
Version of Record online: 3 NOV 2010
© 2010 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 441–447, November 2010
How to Cite
Hart, K. (2010), Kant, ‘anthropology’ and the new human universal. Social Anthropology, 18: 441–447. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2010.00128.x
- Issue online: 3 NOV 2010
- Version of Record online: 3 NOV 2010
Emergent world society is the new human universal – not an idea, but the fact of our shared occupation of the planet crying out for new principles of association. A close reading of Kant's Anthropology leads to an emphasis on anthropology as a form of education for subjective individuals who share the object world with the rest of humanity. Knowledge of society must be personal and moral before it is defined by laws imposed from above. Anthropology might then be a self-learning tool for anyone who cares about making a world society fit for humanity as a whole.