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Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107401068

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  • Published in 1785, Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics as one of the most profound and influential works in moral philosophy ever written. In Kant's own words, its aim is to identify and corroborate the supreme principle of morality, the categorical imperative. He argues that human beings are ends in themselves, never to be used by anyone merely as a means, and that universal and unconditional obligations must be understood as an expression of the human capacity for autonomy and self-governance. As such, they are laws of freedom. This volume contains Mary Gregor's acclaimed translation of the work, sympathetically revised by Jens Timmermann, and an accessible, updated introduction by Christine Korsgaard.

    • A revised edition of one of the most powerful texts in the history of ethical thought
    • Mary Gregor's acclaimed translation has been sympathetically revised by Jens Timmermann
    • Includes an accessible, updated introduction by Christine Korsgaard
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    "...Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is an original, profound, and beautifully written piece."
    --George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107401068
    • length: 130 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the revised edition
    Introduction
    Chronology
    Further reading
    Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
    Preface
    1. Transition from common to philosophical moral rational cognition
    2. Transition from popular moral philosophy to the metaphysics of morals
    3. Transition from the metaphysics of morals to the critique of pure practical reason
    Notes
    Selected glossary
    Index.

  • Introduction by

    Christine M. Korsgaard, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Christine M. Korsgaard is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She is the author of Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity (2010), The Constitution of Agency (2009), The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge, 1996) and Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge, 1996).

    Translators

    Mary Gregor

    Jens Timmermann, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Jens Timmermann is Reader in Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary (Cambridge, 2007) and Sittengesetz und Freiheit (2003). He is the editor of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason: A Critical Guide (with Andrews Reath, Cambridge, 2010) and of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide (Cambridge, 2009).

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