Ethical Philosophy: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals & Metaphysical Principles of Virtue

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This expanded edition of James Ellington's pre-eminent translation of Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals and Metaphysical Principles of Virtue includes his new translation of Kant's essay 'On a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns', in which Kant replies to one of the standard objections to his moral theory, as presented in the main text of Grounding, that it requires us to tell the truth even in the face of harmful consequences.

Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 2nd edition (October 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872203204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872203204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Cheaper than my university bookstore!

 on December 14, 2013
By Luis Chaves
It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s pretty used but I don’t care. As long as it’s readable. It’s good enough for a college student. Unless you are really into philosophy and want to keep it, then get a new book.

Five Stars

 on May 7, 2015
By JStan
Received it in good condition!


 on August 16, 2012
By JPirkle34
The purchase went as it should have gone. I didn’t, however, read much of this book–perhaps only the first two chapters.

I hate this book

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2014
By Scott
God. I hate this book.

Anything with the GMM is worth buying

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 24, 2008
By Isaac Adams
Read the Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, and then read it again. Repeat. While this collection doesn’t have the greatest translation of the GMM it is a valuable compilation that also includes some of Kant’s other works on Ethics and some commentary that can help you to better understand his ethical theories. Definitely worth the time for all.

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