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The Moral Law: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
     

The Moral Law: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

by Immanuel Kant
 

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Kant's Moral Law: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks with Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Ethics as one of the most important works of moral philosophy ever written. In Moral Law, Kant argues that a human action is only

morally good if it is done from a sense of duty, and that a duty is a formal principle based not

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Kant's Moral Law: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks with Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Ethics as one of the most important works of moral philosophy ever written. In Moral Law, Kant argues that a human action is only

morally good if it is done from a sense of duty, and that a duty is a formal principle based not on self-interest or from a consideration of what results might follow. From this he derived his famous and controversial maxim, the categorical imperative: ``Act as if the maxim of your

action were to become by your will a universal law of nature.'' H. J. Paton's translation remains the standard in English for this work. It retains all of Kant's liveliness of mind, suppressed intellectual excitement, moral earnestness, and pleasure in words. The commentary and detailed

analysis that Paton provides is an invaluable and necessary guide for the student and general reader.

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'It seems possible that this handy edition may render a real service to social good by enabling the English reader to learn for himself the content of a philosophical classic.' - The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136750687
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/10/2012
Series:
Routledge Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
775 KB

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Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) ranks with Plato and Aristotle as one of the most important philosophers in the history of western thought.

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