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Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals [Paperback]

Immanuel Kant , Lara Denis
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April 11 2005 1551115395 978-1551115399
Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, is still one of the most widely read and influential works of moral philosophy. This Broadview edition combines a newly revised version of T.K. Abbott's respected translation with material crucial for placing the Groundwork in the context of Kant's broader moral thought. A varied selection of other ethical writings by Kant on subjects including our moral duties, fundamental principles of justice, the concept of happiness, and the relation of morality to religion are included, along with important criticisms of Kant's ethics by Fichte, Schiller, Hegel, and Sidgwick.

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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)

"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)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kant's Groundwork April 29 2003
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Note: The description included in the advertisement for the Hill-Zweig edition is incorrect. Their description is of a different edition, edited by Allen Wood.
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Note: The description included in the advertisement for the Hill-Zweig edition is incorrect. Their description is of a different edition, edited by Allen Wood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I recommend the Cambridge Edition June 29 2005
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a translation for a layperson July 24 2009
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Professor Wood has produced (so he claims -I don't know German) an extremely literal (faithful) translation of the original. His intent in doing do is "to place the English reader, as far as possible, in the same interpretive position as the German reader of the original." Whatever you think of that philosophy, it results in an extremely difficult text that is of little use to the uninitiated, even for a motivated layperson like myself.

The accompanying essays were interesting, but ultimately not why I bought the book.
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