Kant's place in the history of the invention of the concept of race will be well known to readers of Critical Philosophy of Race. Kant developed his concept of race in a number of articles, in 1775, 1785 and 1788; the first edition of his Critique of Pure Reason was published in 1781, the second in 1789. That some of the terms of the critical philosophy were deployed in the development of the concept of race is now also well known. But even among scholars who have paid close attention to Kant's thoughts on race, the great unanswered question about Kant's work of this period concerns the possible implications of his theory of race (and his racism) for our understanding of the Critique of Pure Reason and the critical philosophy more generally, the influence of which in the history of Western philosophy is vast.

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