Translated by Mary Gregor, Jens Timmermann, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Online publication date: June Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato’s This edition presents the acclaimed translation of the text by Mary Gregor. Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, in: Mary Gregor, ed: Texts in the Kant, Practical Philosophy, in: Mary Gregor, ed: The Cambridge Edition of the.

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There is of course a certain pleasure in deciphering Kant’s lengthy sentences, looking for the referent of his pronouns, and puzzling over the sequence of his clauses — a pleasure that helps to motivate Kant translators!

Editorial notes and a bilingual index are included — the index is very thorough — but as Timmermann explains, his editorial notes avoid philosophical controversies occasioned by Kant’s claims and do not serve as a guide to Kant’s thought.

Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals – Immanuel Kant – Google Books

That was true even for native German readers in Kant’s own day. No keywords specified fix it. Critique of Practical Reason.

From tohe served mmary tutor in various households near Konigsberg. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your Grounddork proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Cambridge University Press Amazon. Her translation seems to be intended mainly for other scholars, readers sophisticated in philosophy and at ease with the English of the highly educated. The following year Kant published a new, extensively revised edition of the Critique, following it up with the Critique of Practical Reasontreating the foundations of moral philosophy, and the Critique of Judgmentan examination of aesthetics rounding out his system through a strikingly original treatment of two topics that were widely perceived as high on the philosophical agenda at the time – the philosophical meaning of the taste for beauty and the use of teleology in natural science.


His two chief works in the s were Religion Within the Bounds of Plain Reason and Metaphysics of Moralsthe first part of which contained Kant’s theory of right, law, and the political state. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Limited preview – Korsgaard that examines and explains Kant’s argument. But having the German and English texts facing each other, the way the famous Loeb edition of Greek and Roman classics does, is a great convenience. Surely he does not think of the latter as “immoral” in the way actions contrary to duty — unsittlich in the pejorative sense — are.

Is the Groundwork the grounding or foundation ” of ” or ” for ” his projected Metaphysics of Morals? Timmermann changes Gregor’s “a ground that is not moral” to “the immoral ground. Kant argues that every human being is an end in himself or herself, never to be used as a means by others, and that moral obligation is an expression of the human capacity for autonomy or self-government. Although the translation is on the whole exceptionally accurate, I have found a few groundwoek with which I would quibble.

This volume will be of wide interest to students of ethics and of legal and political philosophy. For meraphysics the process of free communication between independent minds is the very life of reason, the vocation of which is to remake politics, religion, science, art, and morality as the completion of a destiny whose shape it is our collective task to frame for ourselves.

What we have is a foundation for a book yet to be written.

One might be equally pedantic about another word in the German title: These attempts went on grounddork four more years until the ravages of old age finally destroyed Kant’s capacity for further intellectual work.

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In Kant finally published his great work, the Critique of Pure Reason. In Kant’s own words its mar is to search for and establish the supreme principle of morality, the categorical imperative.


Herder, whose writings on anthropology and history challenged his Enlightenment convictions, Kant turned his attention to issues in the philosophy of morality and history, writing several short essays on the philosophy of history and sketching his ethical theory in the Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals Find it on Scholar.

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. Pagination of the standard Prussian Academy of Sciences edition of is helpfully given in the left hand margins of the German pages. Kant’s philosophy focuses attention on the active role of human reason in the process of knowing the world and on its autonomy in giving moral law.

Take a comparatively short and simple metapbysics Kant writes: One way to mitigate the difficulty mmorals Kant’s style without distorting his arguments would be to divide up his elegantly opaque and overly long sentences into “accessible bites” as Francine Baker puts it, in her Kantian Review discussion of recent Groundwork translations.

Kant: The Metaphysics of Morals

Timmermann has taken Mary Gregor’s English translation and revised it here and there, but on the whole it is her ggoundwork that is presented.

Kant’s second edition, published inwhich corrects some of the errors in the printing of the first edition ofis the basic text.

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: The definition of “inclination” at 4: In Kant’s own words its aim is to search for and establish the supreme principle of morality, Transition from common rational to philosophic moral cognition. Science Logic and Mathematics. The Metaphysics of Morals is Kant’s major work in applied moral philosophy in which he deals with the basic principles of rights and of virtues.