Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics as one of an influential work in moral philosophy. Its aim is to search for and establish the supreme principle of morality, the categorical imperative. He 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. The introduction examines and explains Kant's argument.

Title:Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780521626958
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  • Roy Lotz

    Confession of Stupidity: Lately, I’ve been had long and agonizing conversation with my friend about the categorical imperative. I was insisting that it didn’t make sense; my friend insisted tha...

  • Trevor

    When I was studying this book there were no copies available to buy for some reason - but then I found it in the local library in a hard back edition printed in the 1930s or something. I borrowed it a...

  • Vicky

    Covid-19 is first and foremost a social disease. If we ever needed an example of Kant's categorical imperative, Covid-19 is the best we could find. Remember that Kant distinguishes between hypothetica...

  • Darwin8u

    “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” ― Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of MoralsPicture:Words & Phrases:F...

  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio

    I was the annoying guy in class who kept insisting that the categorical imperative was the Golden Rule with a thick, convoluted veneer of the most difficult writing in philosophical history slathered ...

  • E. G.

    Translator's PrefaceCommentary and Analysis of the Argument - The Approach to Moral Philosophy, Outline of a Metaphysic of Morals, Outline of a Critique of Practical Reason--Groundwork of the Metaphys...

  • Jeremy

    It's probably a product of having been in grad school for too long, but somehow I found myself really liking this piece. I don't even care that it's not applicable to real life, at least his methods a...

  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley

    Never trust what modern writers say about classic works of Philosophy. Kant is not only relevant because of the influence he had on latter day thinkers, but, as with this work, he has something to say...

  • Christopher

    I like Kant, but there are some fairly obvious issues with deontology. That is not to say that this is not good stuff. I think it should be required reading for humans generally. The issue is that eth...

  • laura

    i read the groundwork (finally finally) cover to cover in an airport in washington dc, where i spent a fourteen hour day watching one flight after another cancelled cancelled cancelled, and i have to ...