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Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Cambridge Texts in the… (original 1785; edition 1998)
by Immanuel Kant
Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant (Author) (1785)
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Tr. by Lewis White Beck Bibliography: p. xxiii
I shamefully do not have the time to write an elaborate review, since I have to do an exam and essay on this very book, but let my quickly put down some thoughts:
On the edition - This edition is handsdown the best one around. The German-English lay out is perfect for scholars who are not satisfied with accepting the interpretation of the translator. Especially in Groundwork III there are some mistakes in the English translation, and the German version helps clarify what Kant means.
On the book - Kant's moral system is impressive. Though I think it has been fairly successfully undermined by later philosophers, it is still worth plunging into its depths. However, the first two parts of the Groundwork are pretty weak. Kant begins building his system by following what he thinks are moral intuitions beyond doubt. It all starts with examples and arguments based on common-sense. It is only in the Groundwork III (and the end of II) that Kant starts building his system and giving it its place within Reason. For those interested in Kantian ethics: this book is a good intro due to its common-sense method. However, in the Second Critique, Kant answers questions of a deeper nature in a more thorough way.
So act as to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of any other, in every case at the same time as an end, never as a means only.
A virtuosic display of intellect as is typical of Kant. He teeters on the verge of mysticism sometimes in his adulation of reason and desire to strip inclination and the empirical world from morality. The problem is that it results in a pure morality that rests on an assumption both of free will and unknowable noumena (and yet somehow it affects the sensible world?). I don't dare say I understand the Groundwork enough to truly address its plausibility, but I urge anyone interested in moral realism and ethical theory to take the time to process his ideas. This is the second translation I've dealt with, and its impeccable. I can't vouch for the consistency of the terminology because my Kantian German is zero, but it's highly readable and has a number of helpful appendices.
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Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) betraktes som den største filosof i nyere tid. Han regnes som grunnleggeren av den tyske idealisme, og hans hovedbedrift er den kritiske filosofi, som går ut på å undersøke selve erkjenneisens mulighet og grenser.
I denne boken presenteres et fyldig utvalg av Kants moralfilosofiske skrifter. Siktepunktet har vært å gi et allsi-dig bilde av Kants etikk med hovedvekt på moralloven. Menneskets situasjon er en kampplass der fornuften ligger i en uforsonlig strid med de slette tilbøyeligheter i den menneskelige natur, men der mennesket likevel i sitt innerste vesen er fritt. Nøkkelen til Kants frihetsproblematikk finner vi i menneskets autonomi, hevder Eivind Storheim i bokens innledning, som er en innføring i Kants etikk.
Skriftene som her er oversatt, er Grunnlegging til moralens metafysikk (1785), sentrale avsnitt fra første bok av Kritikk av den praktiske fornuft (1788) og forordet og innledningen til Etikken, annen del av Moralens metafysikk (1797). I tillegg er det oversatt et utsnitt av Kants skrifter i årene 1762-1765.
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Published in 1785, the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is one of the most powerful texts in the history of ethical thought. In this book, Immanuel Kant formulates and justifies a supreme principle of morality that issues universal and unconditional moral commands. These commands receive their normative force from the fact that rational agents autonomously impose the moral law upon themselves. As such, they are laws of freedom. This volume contains the first facing-page German-English edition of Kant's Groundwork. It presents an authentic edition of the German text and a carefully revised version of Mary Gregor's acclaimed English translation, as well as editorial notes and a full bilingual index. It will be the edition of choice for any student or scholar who is not content with reading this central contribution to modern moral philosophy through the veil of English translation.
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2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.
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