Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 10/11/2002
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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In this classic text, Kant sets out to articulate and defend the Categorical Imperative - the fundamental principle that underlies moral reasoning - and to lay the foundation for a comprehensive account of justice and human virtues. This new edition and translation of Kant's work is designed especially for students. An extensive and comprehensive introduction explains the central concepts of Groundwork and looks at Kant's main lines of argument. Detailed notes aim to clarify Kant's thoughts and to correct some commonmisunderstandings of his doctrines.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface ix
A Note on the Translation xiii
Abbreviations xvii
Text Immanuel Kant: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals(1785) 1(182)
First Section: Transition from common rational moral cognition to philosophical moral cognition
Second Section: Transition from popular moral philosophy to the metaphysics of morals
Third Sections: Transition from the metaphysics of morals to the critique of pure practical reason
Why Study Kant's Ethics?
J. B. Schneewind
Acting from Duty
Marcia Baron
Kantianism for Consequentialists
Shelly Kagan
What is Kantian Ethics?
Allen W. Wood
Glossary 183(6)
Index 189

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