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Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials: Cosmopolitical Philosofictions

Peter Szendy


“Yes, Kant did indeed speak of extraterrestrials.” This phrase could provide the opening for this brief treatise of philosofiction (as one speaks of science-fiction). With these aliens that Kant must have taken seriously as no one else in the history of philosophy did, what must be questioned above all else are the limits of globalization, or what Kant called cosmopolitanism. Yet before reading Kantian considerations of the inhabitants of other worlds, before comprehending his reasoned alienology, we work our way through an analysis of the star wars raging above our heads. And we start by envi ... More

Keywords: extraterrestrials, philosofiction, science-fiction, Kant, ecology, globalization, cosmopolitanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255498
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Szendy, author
University of Paris, Nanterre