Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

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Broadview Press, Apr 11, 2005 - Philosophy - 216 pages
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Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, is still one of the most widely read and influential works of moral philosophy. This Broadview edition combines a newly revised version of T.K. Abbott’s respected translation with material crucial for placing the Groundwork in the context of Kant’s broader moral thought. A varied selection of other ethical writings by Kant on subjects including our moral duties, fundamental principles of justice, the concept of happiness, and the relation of morality to religion are included, along with important criticisms of Kant’s ethics by Fichte, Schiller, Hegel, and Sidgwick.

 

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Contents

Transition from the Common Rational Moral Cognition to the Philosophical Moral Cognition
55
Transition from Popular Moral Philosophy to the Metaphysics of Morals
67
Transition from the Metaphysics of Morals to the Critique of Pure Practical Reason
103
Immanuel Kant An Answer to the Question What is Enlightenment? 1784
119
From Immanuel Kant Critique of Practical Reason 1788
127
From Immanuel Kant On the Common Saying This May Be True in Theory but It Does Not Apply in Practice 1793
141
From Immanuel Kant Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone 17931794
149
From Immanuel Kant Metaphysics of Morals 1797
153
From a Letter from Johann Gottlieb Fichte to Karl Leonhard Reinhold 1795
175
From Friedrich von Schiller and Wolfgang von Goethe Xenian 1796
177
From Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Lectures on the History of Philosophy 1831
179
From Henry Sidgwick The Methods of Ethics 1907
181
Suggested Reading
189
Index
195
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Lara Denis is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Program at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of Moral Self-Regard: Duties to Oneself in Kant’s Moral Theory (2001) and many articles on Kant’s ethics.

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