Kant's 'Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals': A Critical Guide

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Jens Timmermann
Cambridge University Press, Dec 24, 2009 - Philosophy - 234 pages
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In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant portrays the supreme moral principle as an unconditional imperative that applies to all of us because we freely choose to impose upon ourselves a law of pure practical reason. Morality is revealed to be a matter of autonomy. Today, this approach to ethical theory is as perplexing, controversial and inspiring as it was in 1785, when the Groundwork was first published. The essays in this volume, by international Kant scholars and moral philosophers, discuss Kant's philosophical development and his rejection of earlier moral theories, the role of happiness and inclination in the Groundwork, Kant's moral metaphysics and theory of value, and his attempt to justify the categorical imperative as a principle of freedom. They reflect the approach of several schools of interpretation and illustrate the lively diversity of Kantian ethics today.
 

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This commentary was crucial for me to read and comprehend (and I use that term very loosely) Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. I would not have made it through the Groundwork without it as a reference. Read full review

Contents

Alison Hills
29
inclination reason and moral worth
45
the role of examples in Kants ethics
63
The moral law as causal
82
Dignity and the formula of humanity
102
metaphysical not political
121
Kant against the spurious principles of morality
140
Groundwork III
159
Kants argument in Groundwork III
176
Freedom and reason in Groundwork III
203
Bibliography
224
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Jens Timmermann is Senior Lecturer 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) as well as the editor of Immanuel Kant, Kritik der Reinen Vernunft (1998) and Immanuel Kant, Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten (2004).

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