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Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary [Hardcover]

Jens Timmermann
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July 16, 2007 0521862825 978-0521862820
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, and also contains an introduction, a synopsis of the argument, six short interpretative essays on key topics of the Groundwork, and a glossary of key terms. It will be an indispensable tool for anyone wishing to study the Groundwork in detail.

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Review of the hardback: '... an indispensable resource for anyone wishing to study Kant's ethical theory in detail. Timmermann's book is an important resource for almost any student or faculty member who wants a deeper understanding of Kant's Groundwork for either teaching or research.' Sean P. Walsh, Notre Dame Philosophical Review

Review of the hardback: 'Timmermann's commentary is nothing less the magisterial. This is without a doubt the best book available on one of the most important books on the history of philosophy.' Political Studies Review

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The Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals is Immanuel Kant's central contribution to moral philosophy. This commentary explains Kant's arguments paragraph by paragraph, and also contains an introduction, a synopsis of the argument, six short interpretative essays and a glossary of key terms.

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521862825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521862820
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended December 3, 2013
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Anyone studying Kant's ethics would profit greatly from doing so in the company of this outstanding commentary on Kant's "Groundwork." Timmermann offers paragraph-by-paragraph commentary on each of the original text's sections, including the preface and the notorious (and easily misunderstood) third section.The book is comprehensive, detailed, and yet refreshingly brief. It is also clearly written (especially for a work of Kant scholarship). Advanced students and academic philosophers should find it fairly easy to follow--a genuine aid to understanding Kant's work rather than yet another difficult text to master. It also includes a helpful glossary and appendices on matters of scholarly and philosophical controversy. Readers considering this book may also be considering Henry Allison's recent commentary on the "Groundwork" (Oxford, 2011). Both are excellent. But Timmermann's will likely appeal to a wider readership. Allison's is much longer, slightly less tied to the layout of the "Groundwork," and much more engaged in scholarly debate with fellow experts. Timmermann's explicit engagement in such debates is largely confined to footnotes, appendices, and bibliographies, where they can be safely ignored by readers who want to focus more directly on Kant's text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential February 18, 2013
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This is an essential contemporary commentary (Sedgwick's is also good, but not at this level of specificity), full of rich detail (I particularly liked the Appendix on Schiller).
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