Kant's Legacy and the Idea of Transitional Jus Cosmopoliticum
MultiRights Postdoc Claudio Corradetti proposes an interpretation of Kant's view on cosmopolitanism: It is both legal and transitional, that is, as Kant defined it a view of cosmopolitanism as a part of Public Right.
The transitionality aspect results particularly challenging also in view of Kant’s asymmetry between the universality of cosmopolitan law and its institutional implementation.
In this respect, Kant’s views accommodate the view of cosmopolitanism as a condition to be achieved along “constitutional stages” with the non-ideal post-national constellation that does not resorting to a World State.
By providing a distinct interpretation of Fichte’s “transitional” passage on his Review of Kant’s Perpetual Peace, Corradetti suggests that Kant’s theoretical innovation lies precisely in the recognition of a mismatch between the universality of cosmopolitan law and its institutional counterpart.