ABSTRACT

This article applies Kant's conceptions of cosmopolitanism and hospitality to analyze the current refugee crisis. Focusing on Kant's mandate that a nation must allow foreigners entry if sending them away would lead to their downfall, and by interpreting downfall in the broadest sense as the opposite of human flourishing, the article argues that the ethical demand put on a host nation by refugees is a duty to create hospitable spaces. Drawing on Kant's concern with the blending of war and peace in modern nation-states, the essay concludes by questioning whether the earth itself has been rendered inhospitable in the neoliberal age.

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