Translated by Mary Gregor, Jens Timmermann, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Online publication date: June Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato’s This edition presents the acclaimed translation of the text by Mary Gregor. Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, in: Mary Gregor, ed: Texts in the Kant, Practical Philosophy, in: Mary Gregor, ed: The Cambridge Edition of the.

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Kant argues that every human being is an end in himself or herself, never to be used as a means by others, and that moral obligation is an expression of the human capacity for autonomy or self-government. Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics as one of the most profound and influential works in moral philosophy ever written.

Herder, whose writings on anthropology and history challenged his Enlightenment convictions, Kant turned his attention to issues in the philosophy of morality and history, writing several short essays on the philosophy of history and sketching his ethical theory in the Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals Transition from popular moral philosophy to metaphysics of morals. In this rigorous translation even dummy words like ” aber ” and ” doch ” are not neglected.

What difference does it make? Find it on Scholar. These attempts went on for four more years until the ravages of old age finally destroyed Kant’s capacity for further intellectual work. While it seems a trivial linguistic issue, illustrative of how picky translators can be, the choice implies something about the structure of Kant’s theory. For contemporary readers especially, his style of writing is after all that of the eighteenth century and his convoluted sentences, though sometimes eloquent and inspiring, can be a deterrent and a distraction from the power of groundowrk insights.


In Kant’s own words its aim is to search for and establish the supreme principle of morality, the categorical imperative.

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But one could argue, pedantically, that the plural “foundations” or “principles” is mistaken. Account Options Sign in. Science Logic and Mathematics. Contents Transition from common rational to philosophic moral cognition. Sign in to use this feature. Abbott”Groundwork” H. GregorMary GregorDesmond M. if

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This volume will be of wide interest to students of ethics and of legal and political philosophy. Perhaps someday Kant’s other works will be given a similar treatment. Allen Wood and this reviewer take Kant’s statement in the Groundwork as decisive and render ” zur ” as “for” rather than “of”: I suspect a lot of people would be thrown by “desiderative.

Take a comparatively short and simple example; Kant metaphyics. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. For readers who know grondwork German and want to know exactly what Kant actually wrote, rather than how his words have been interpreted or misinterpreted by his disciples and critics, there is much to be said for acquiring this edition of Kant’s most famous work in ethics.


Transition from metaphysics of morals to the critique of pure practical reason.


Mary Gregor’s translation, revised for publication in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy series, is the only complete translation of the whole text, and includes extensive annotation metapuysics Kant’s difficult and sometimes unfamiliar vocabulary. A translator’s decision could rest on how much weight is put on Kant’s remark 4: Timmermann for making available a reliable edition of Kant’s own words, along with a fastidious word-for-word English translation, and both of these together in one small volume.

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, in Focus.

A note on the word ” Reich ” caught my eye. Timmermann, Gregor, and Paton, in their reading of zurtacitly reject or overlook Kant’s remark. Pagination of the standard Prussian Academy of Sciences edition of is helpfully given in the left hand margins of the German pages. A new introduction by Roger Sullivan sets the work in its historical and philosophical context. Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals: