Kant's Philosophical Legacy Reaches Iran

22 Feb 2021

Moral Philosopher Ana Marta González has published in Persian a book of some of her collected works, inviting a new public to share her broad knowledge of Kantian philosophy.

Iranian publisher Kargadan Publishing House has published a Persian book with articles about the German philosopher Emmanuel Kant written by Ana Marta González, professor in the Department of Philosophy and researcher at the University of Navarra’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS).

The volume presents the Persian translation of three papers that originally appeared in English in the international scientific journals Archiv f'r Rechts- und Sozial Philosophie, Kant Studien and The Journal of Philosophy of Education. Translators Reza Mahoozi and Zohreh Saeedi led the initiative. Incidentally, the year of publication is that of the Iranian Persian calendar, 1399.

The introduction is titled “Exploring the Human Realm: Reason's Reflective Work under the Sign of Hope.” The author notes there that the three main topics she addresses – configuring an articulated culture around respect for human freedom, the seeds of modern social theory, and the aspiration to develop an education science that contributes to humanity's progress - "provide abundant material for understanding the potential of their philosophical legacy."

According to Professor González, “Kant and a Culture of Freedom  "works on the meaning of this unmistakably modern expression from a Kantian perspective and the role of law and virtue in setting up an articulated culture around the respect for human freedom".

Freedom, Social Theory and the Science of Education

Kant's Contribution to Social Theory reveals "some of the reasons why Kant has become an inspiration to the founding fathers of social theory," she says. In her view, "although he is generally not among the forerunners of the social sciences," Kant had a great influence on them, adding “He laid the groundwork for the later discussion of the difference between the human and natural sciences." His work, she continues, is also rich in substantive contributions to social theory articulated around his conception of culture and cultural progress."

Finally, in “Kant's Philosophy of Education: Between Relational and Systemic Approaches”  the researcher analyzes the Kantian approach to education in the context of his philosophy of culture and history "as a process whose direction must be reflexively assumed by human freedom in the light of man's moral vocation." In this context, she says, "some of the characteristic tensions associated with his enlightened approach to education arise."

In April, Palgrave will publish another book by Professor González that will collect in English some of her articles originally written in Spanish, under the title Kant on Culture, Happiness and Civilization.