This book attempts a conceptual clarification of Kants approach to culture, given the lack of systematic study of this aspect of his thought. At its origin there was only a thematic interest in the manifold meanings of the term "culture," as well as the underlying persuasion that Kants moral philosophy could provide us with a systematic framework to understand the increasing relevance of "culture" in modern thought. Specifically, the hypothesis was that the emergence of culture as a relatively autonomous realm was implied in Kants refusal to let nature play a role in the constitution of the moral norm, and his requirement that the moral norm be defined through pure reason alone. As a result, culture would appear as a middle terrain: being neither empirical nature nor pure morality. Accordingly, culture can be approached either from the perspective of nature, or from the perspective of morality. Both approaches represent what can be termed "Kants explicit account of culture." Behind this explicit, two-fold account of culture, however, an implicit account of culture in terms of "projection of mans subjectivity" can be discovered. This latter account, itself a consequence of the critical enterprise, constitutes Kants most original contribution to the philosophy of culture.
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