Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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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

  • ISBN-13: 9781107401068
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 225,254
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

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 University Press, 1996) and Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

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 University Press, 2007) and Sittengesetz und Freiheit (2003). He is the editor of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason: A Critical Guide (with Andrews Reath, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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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.

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