Kant’s racism

I have been going through Observations on the Beautiful and the Sublime, where in a section concerning differences of appreciation between the sexes, he talks of various European tendencies, the Spaniards and the English and the Germans have a flair for the sublime, for Kant, and then he says but the French and the Italians have a flair for the beautiful. How quaint are his remarks, it is laughable to see such politically incorrect observations in Kant.

Then, as it goes on, there is a notorious passage on Africans. And I cite:

The Negroes of Africa have by nature no feeling that rises above the ridiculous. Mr. Hume challenges anyone to adduce a single example where a Negro has demonstrated talents, and asserts that among the hundreds of thousands of blacks who have been transported elsewhere from their countries, although very many of them have been set free, nevertheless not a single one has ever been found who has accomplished something great in art or science or shown any other praiseworthy quality, while among the whites there are always those who rise up from the lowest rabble and through extraordinary gifts earn respect in the world






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