Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary

Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary

by Jens Timmermann
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0521175089

ISBN-13: 9780521175081

Pub. Date: 12/09/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is Kant's central contribution to moral philosophy, and has inspired controversy ever since it was first published in 1785. Kant champions the insights of 'common human understanding' against what he sees as the dangerous perversions of ethical theory. Morality is revealed to be a matter of human autonomy: Kant

Overview

The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is Kant's central contribution to moral philosophy, and has inspired controversy ever since it was first published in 1785. Kant champions the insights of 'common human understanding' against what he sees as the dangerous perversions of ethical theory. Morality is revealed to be a matter of human autonomy: Kant locates the source of the 'categorical imperative' within each and every human will. However, he also portrays everyday morality in a way that many readers find difficult to accept. The Groundwork is a short book, but its argument is dense, intricate and at times treacherous. This commentary explains Kant's arguments paragraph by paragraph, and also contains an introduction, a synopsis of the argument, six short interpretative essays on key topics of the Groundwork, and a glossary of key terms. It will be an indispensable tool for anyone wishing to study the Groundwork in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521175081
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/09/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Transition from common to philosophic moral cognition of reason; 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; Appendices.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >