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Kant: The Metaphysics of Morals (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521566738
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"Considering this, I think Gregor did an admirable job....If your German is not up to Kant's beautiful but sometimes exerting sentences, get this translation and read it." Karl Hepfer, Philosophy in Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (May 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521566738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521566735
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terry Bohannon on December 20, 1999
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All of Kant's works are outstanding, but what makes the versions of Kant's works good or bad (that I can read) is the translator. Since this book is the only complete translation of both parts of "The Metaphysics of Morals," I had doubts about its quality. But, as I found out, this book has been translated smoothly -- although I cannot compare it with the German version.
What I like about Mary Gregor's translation, is her use of footnotes. She clearly defines Latin phrases and the layered meanings of German words whose depth and meaning would be in too hasty of a translation.
Also, she introduces Kant's main ideas very well; and by doing so, expands and clarifies the ideas he presents in his treatise. The footnotes are not excessive; Gregor seems to have balanced them well. The presentation of the footnotes, typography, and the library grade (acid free) paper make this book a keeper.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on July 18, 2005
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It is nice to be able to buy books from a publisher that believes in doing things right, even if the books might be a bit obscure for all the usual reasons. Having purchased the Great Books Volume 39 on Kant earlier this year, which was an economical collection that included his three most famous volumes as well as Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals (1785) and Preface and Introduction to the Metaphysical Elements of Ethics translated by Thomas Kingsmill Abbott, which are works that Kant's THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALS in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy does not include, it is interesting to see how these two books still manage to overlap.

The Great Books Kant includes a translation (1887) by W. Hastie of Kant's 1797 works General Introduction to the Metaphysic of Morals (pp. 383-394) and The Science of Right (pp. 395-458). This book contains Mary Gregor's translation of the same text on pages 1-124.

Since Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States in 1861-65, Americans have tended to think that everybody who was important to us would be living in the same country, and democracy would allow the majority to dictate the basic laws which everyone would have to adhere to. Kant has to come up with rules for wars between states that need to maintain a balance of power, but his result is to deny economic motives.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kali Andre on April 17, 2013
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I didn't get to read this book as it was a gift to my son who believes he is the Philosopher Cat's Meow.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Jones on September 18, 2009
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i bought this, read about 20 pages, then found out that there was an introduction to the metaphysics of morals that Kant wrote.

I read the introduction of the metaphysics of morals about 2 times before i understood it, and never messed with this one anymore.

the fundamental philosophies to Kant's proposed universal morals are all in his introduction to the meta of morals.
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