What is Philosophical about Kant’s Anthropology? Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this essay, I argue that Kant’s Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View is fundamentally about the sphere of civilization, and, with this, a particular kind of philosophical self-understanding. By civilization, Kant means to indicate the process by which human beings transform their inner natures based on pragmatic or prudential considerations born of our living together. Civilization is what we do to ourselves in order to get along with others with whom we share the earth. In the Anthropology, what we come to understand about ourselves is the possibility of transforming our inner natures based on our will.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sweet, K.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • May 2017