The concept of a World Citizenship is intriguing. The philosopher attempts to use debates to bring different genres of people together. Such diversity seems to be conflicting and he seems to look at it from a very different and holistic view. I felt he is an idealist and is optimistic when he writes this.
I like the way he describes the idea of an open conflict which is the basis for a peaceful and creative debate in academia. This was a regulated attempt to celebrate “diversity” and I think this metaphor is very appropriate for today.
Kant also mentions retrogression, progression and stagnation. A concept where he sees experience as constantly evolving and generating a moral “reasoning”
In these writings, we can see Kant’s influences for the last 200 years. I wonder if we can apply some those concepts today and what can we learn from there? From that period until now, there has been increased tensions, resulting in war and terrorist activities. I have learnt that universities can be seen as instruments of peace, bringing the balance back and embracing mutual respect.