dr. Emiliano Acosta

Are exclusion mechanisms inherent to cosmopolitanism? Towards a deconstruction of contemporary cosmopolitanism discourses.

Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Post-doctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Visiting Professor at the Universidad Austral de Chile (2013)
Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil (2011)
Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. (2010)
Member of the Young Academy, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium
Director of Fichte on line
Editor in Chief of Revista de Estud(i)os sobre Fichte
Coordinator of the Inter-university Network Re-Thinking Europe
Co-Founder and coordinator of the Latin-American Fichte Society (ALEF)

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Political Philosophy - Modern Philosophy - German Idealism
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  • 2019

    • Observaciones acerca del estudio de la relación entre Kant y Fichte

      Acosta, E. (2019). Observaciones acerca del estudio de la relación entre Kant y Fichte. ANUARIO FILOSÓFICO. Universidad de Navarra. https://doi.org/10.15581/009.52.1.9-17
    • Nature and perpetual peace in Kant and Fichte’s cosmopolitanism

      Acosta, E. (2019). Nature and perpetual peace in Kant and Fichte’s cosmopolitanism. ANUARIO FILOSÓFICO, 52(1), 87–111. https://doi.org/10.15581/009.52.1.87-111
  • 2018

    • Badiou met Lacan : aantekeningen uit het spiegelhuis : een structurele onrust, een gemeenschappelijke ethiek?

      Persijn, J.-J. (2018). Badiou met Lacan : aantekeningen uit het spiegelhuis : een structurele onrust, een gemeenschappelijke ethiek?
    • Revisiting Kant and Fichte’s Conceptions of Cosmopolitanism

      Acosta, E. (2018). Revisiting Kant and Fichte’s Conceptions of Cosmopolitanism. REVISTA DE ESTUD(I)OS SOBRE FICHTE, 16.
  • 2017

    • Diálogo interreligioso y reconocimiento a la luz del legado de la ilustración

      Acosta, E. (2017). Diálogo interreligioso y reconocimiento a la luz del legado de la ilustración. HORIZONTE (BELO HORIZONTE), 15(46), 615–637. https://doi.org/10.5752/p.2175-5841.2017v15n46p615
    • While reading Kant’s perpetual peace

      Acosta, E., & Van de Vijver, G. (2017). While reading Kant’s perpetual peace. In D. Praet (Ed.), Philosophy of war and peace (pp. 131–144). Brussels, Belgium: VUBPress.
      In this paper, we propose a new reading of Kant's Perpetual Peace paying special attention to what we would like to call the ideological moment of his cosmopolitan and perpetual peace project. Main goal of revisiting Kant's ideas on war, peace and cosmopolitanism is to show, on the one hand, that every humanitarian or cosmopolitan discourse needs a grand narrative (ideology) for convincing and mobilizing people, on the other, that contemporary cosmopolitan and humanitarian discourses lack precisely this grand narrative and, consequently, the convincing power every political project requires.
    • Schiller versus Fichte : estetización y moralización de lo político en el origen del idealismo alemán

      Acosta, E. (2017). Schiller versus Fichte : estetización y moralización de lo político en el origen del idealismo alemán. REVISTA DE ESTUD(I)OS SOBRE FICHTE, 14.
      The philosophical disagreement between Schiller and Fichte goes beyond what is commonly known as the Horen Dispute. For the central point in this dispute is the confrontation between two ways of conceiving the dialectics of life and thought: on the one hand, a dialectic of identity (Fichte) and on the other a dialectic of difference (Schiller). These logical devices develop from very different, even contradictory, postulates. While Schiller starts from the primacy of aesthetic reason, Fichte starts from a radicalization of what Kant called the primacy of practical reason. In this article I will offer an analysis of both dialectical devices and the conceptions of recognition, moral and political intersubjectivity, and of the role of the State they offer. As a conclusion, I will briefly outline certain parallelisms between Schiller and Fichte's proposals and two central issues of contemporary democracy: on the one hand, the resignation and/or disenchantment with politics and on the other the anger and distrust of politics and politicians that allows populist (or radical democracy) discourses to gain persuasive force in our societies.
  • 2016

    • Transformation of the Kantian table of the categories in Fichte’s Foundations of the Entire Science of Knowledge of 1794/95

      Acosta, E. (2016). Transformation of the Kantian table of the categories in Fichte’s Foundations of the Entire Science of Knowledge of 1794/95. ANALES DEL SEMINARIO DE HISTORIA DE LA FILOSOFIA, 33(1), 103–135. https://doi.org/10.5209/rev_ASHF.2016.v33.n1.52291
      The present paper analyses Fichte’s deduction of the categories in the Foundations of the entire Science of Knowledge (1794/95) from the perspective of Fichte’s view about the relation between his system and the Kantian philosophy concerning the question of the categories. It will be argued that Fichte modifies the Kantian table of the categories into a system of three categories groups, each of them composed by three categories. This implies, as it will be shown, the postulation of the reciprocal determination as first category and the exclusion from the categories system of both the modal categories and the distinction between dynamic and mathematical categories. The traditional interpretation of Fichte’s deduction of the categories is discussed.
    • De heeren broederkes van de moortelbak : 250 jaar vrijmetselarij in West-Vlaanderen

      Acosta, E. (2016). De heeren broederkes van de moortelbak : 250 jaar vrijmetselarij in West-Vlaanderen. https://doi.org/10.15517/rehmlac.v8i2.27253
  • 2015

    • Was vernünftig ist, das ist widersprüchlich und was widersprüchlich ist, das ist vernünftig." Widerspruch und Wirklichkeit der Vernunft in Kants Philosophie

      Acosta, E. (2015). Was vernünftig ist, das ist widersprüchlich und was widersprüchlich ist, das ist vernünftig." Widerspruch und Wirklichkeit der Vernunft in Kants Philosophie. In C. Asmuth & W. Ehrmann (Eds.), Zirkel - Widerspruch - Paradoxon : das Denken des Selbst in der klassischen deutschen Philosophie und in der Gegenwart (Vol. 9, pp. 111–126). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

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  • Journal article
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Keywords :

  • Kant,
  • Fichte,
  • Cosmopolitanism,
  • Philosophy,
  • (deduction of the) categories,
  • Reciprocal determination,
  • Subjectivity,
  • Continental philosophy,
  • Psychoanalysis,
  • Schiller