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Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals A Commentary

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ISBN-10: 0521862825

ISBN-13: 9780521862820

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jens Timmermann

List price: $103.00
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The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is Kant's central contribution to moral philosophy, and has inspired controversy ever since it was first published in 1785. Kant champions the insights of 'common human understanding' against what he sees as the dangerous perversions of ethical theory. Morality is revealed to be a matter of human autonomy: Kant locates the source of the 'categorical imperative' within each and every human will. However, he also portrays everyday morality in a way that many readers find difficult to accept. The Groundwork is a short book, but its argument is dense, intricate and at times treacherous. This commentary explains Kant's arguments paragraph by paragraph,…    
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/21/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 228
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Jens Timmermann is Reader 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 University Press, 2007) and Sittengesetz und Freiheit (2003). He is the editor of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason: A Critical Guide (with Andrews Reath, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Transition from common to philosophic moral cognition of reason
Transition from popular moral philosophy to the metaphysics of morals
Transition from the metaphysics of morals to the critique of pure practical reason
Schiller's scruples of conscience
The pervasiveness of morality
Universal legislation, ends and puzzle maxims
'Indirect duty': Kantian consequentialism
Freedom and moral failure: Reinhold and Sidgwick
The project of a 'metaphysics of morals'