Kantian Journal

2020 Vol. 39. №2

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Immanuel Kant – Racist and Colonialist?

DOI
10.5922/0207-6918-2020-2-5
Pages
94-98

Abstract

A murder of an Afro-American detainee by a policeman at the end of May 2020 caused a public outrage in the United States, which led to a campaign against the monuments to historical figures whose reputation, according to the protesters, was marred by racism. Some German publicists, impressed by the campaign, initiated an analogous search for racists among the national thinkers and politicians of the past. Suddenly Kant emerged as a ‘scapegoat’. This statement is an attempt to assess such reactions from the perspective of Russia’s experience.