Cosmopolitan Patriotism Educated Through Kant and Walt Whitman

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Kantian cosmopolitanism has often been criticized for professing the view from nowhere. More significantly, it is often opposed to love of country. In this chapter, drawing on recent scholarship on the topic, I will challenge this view of Kant’s theory of cosmopolitanism. Kant’s normative philosophy, I will argue, offers a moral response to the problem in ways that should resonate strongly within contemporary global/national contexts. Furthermore, through a reading of Whitman’s “Passage to India,” I suggest that he offers us a pedagogy of cosmopolitan patriotism which is remarkably relevant today. In making this argument, I will draw on Cora Diamond to argue for the presence of serious thought in poetry and of poetic imagination in philosophy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCosmopolitanism
Subtitle of host publicationEducational, Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
EditorsMarianna Papastephanou
StatePublished - May 6 2016

Publication series

NameContemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education
ISSN (Print)2214-9759
ISSN (Electronic)2214-9767


  • moral imagination
  • fellow citizen
  • moral thinking
  • global justice
  • productive imagination


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