Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (May 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107401062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107401068
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces

Customer Reviews

Everyone should read and understand the introduction

3 people found this helpful.
 on June 3, 2013
By David Arnold
Korsgaard semi-clunkily explains Kant, and gets it right! Fantastic read.

Brilliant translation that gets his point across

 on May 30, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Brilliant translation that gets his point across

great introduction, expensive version

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2006
By P. Rueda
This version of the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals provides a clear and concise introduction. You will find it useful to understand how Kant’s moral philosophy fits within his general philosophy and to get acquainted with some of the debates around his work. Although this book is rather expensive for what it is, it is useful and worth buying if you are really interested in this topic.

Read this!!!

 on November 30, 2013
By harry
The introduction is long and wonderful. It is a requirement before reading Kant’s text. For me, this work of Kant reinforces my religious beliefs

Four stars

 on November 29, 2012
By Frances Pauken
The text was difficult to read, but there were translations/modifications to the text in the back of the book which made reading easier. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in moral philosophy and ethics.

intro to ethics

 on December 22, 2014
By DJ.Fishbrain
very good for Kantian ethics and an intro ethics course

Five Stars

 on October 29, 2015
By Edward
I am a renaissance man

Four Stars

 on September 9, 2015
By Garfield Shuffler

Five Stars

 on May 21, 2015
By sheree
Read it

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