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Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

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“Lara Denis’s subtle updating of Thomas Abbott’s classical translation of Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals may be the best for both students and general readers. Her clear and concise introduction highlights Kant’s central claims and arguments while pointing the reader to the best of contemporary Kant scholarship. Her judicious selection of materials from Kant’s other major works in moral and political philosophy―touching upon Kant’s theory of the highest good, his conception of the possibility of evil as part and parcel of the possibility of freedom, his humane conception of virtue and the virtues, and much more―provide even the first-time reader with precisely the context that is necessary in order to avoid misunderstanding the Groundwork. As an added bonus, Denis includes key responses to Kant from Fichte, Schiller, and Hegel as well as Henry Sidgwick’s 1888 critique of ‘The Kantian Conception of Free Will,’ perhaps the single most important article on Kant’s ethics ever written. All in all, this volume is a brilliant introduction to one of the greatest works in the history of Western philosophy.” ― Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania

“This is an outstanding new edition of Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals. Two main features make it an invaluable introduction to Kant’s moral philosophy. The first is the appendices, which include carefully selected excerpts from Kant’s other works in moral philosophy and classic criticisms of Kant’s ideas by his contemporaries and other philosophers. The second exemplary feature of this edition is Lara Denis’s concise, careful, accessible yet rigourous introduction. This edition aims to remove barriers to understanding and appreciating Kant’s Groundwork; if I had to choose an ideal edition to set for courses on Kant, it would certainly be this one.” ― Lucy Allais, University of Sussex

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rethinking the Western Tradition
  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300094876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300094879
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered an abundance of core educational value in studying Greek Philosophy through this book. From the first paragraph, let alone the first two pages, I focused on how being able to make decisions and create perspective is essential throughout real life and accurate task completion..This seems to be an advanced text which has more potency than The Prince, in terms of science and systematic ethical judgement at least.
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By M-Rod on February 22, 2014
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A bit dry at points, and all in all the language was complex, requiring some thought as to what the author is trying to say. Certainly an excellent read; Kant brings up some excellent points on what morality is, and should be.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2003
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Note: The description included in the Amazon.com advertisement for the Hill-Zweig edition is incorrect. Their description is of a different edition, edited by Allen Wood.
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GREAT REFERENCE WORK. MANY MORE SUCH REFERENCE BOOKS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND UNIVERSITY POST GRADUATE STUDENTS.
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I just finished reading and comparing the introduction of this version of the text with the version published by Cambridge University Press. In the latter edition, I found the introduction to be less in the way of circumlocution, yet exceedingly lucid and pithy. Dr. Korsgaard is a pre-eminent scholar in Kantian Ethics, and her introduction alone is what renders the Cambridge edition worthy. The Oxford introduction, while insightful and generally helpful for the layperson, all to often digressed into different interpretations, none of which were too heavily detailed in their illustration. The Cambridge version is concise, as it contains all the information that is needed. It provided a clear map as to how different parts of Kant's conception connected , and thus engendered a synchronic understanding of the overall text.
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As expected, Kant's book is a difficult read to understand. Personally, I just can't come to agree with his views coming from a Christian background.
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