Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) [Immanuel Kant, Mary Gregor, Christine M. Korsgaard] on. The Metaphysics of Morals is Kant’s major work in applied moral philosophy in which he Mary Gregor’s translation, revised for publication in the Cambridge Texts in the Immanuel Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, in Focus. 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.
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Although the translation is on the whole exceptionally accurate, I have found a few choices with which I would quibble. That was the considered view of the late Lewis White Beck who pointed out to me that his own translation’s choice of the plural term “Foundations” was in error — as was also Abbott’s “Fundamental Principles” — since it is an important part of Kant’s theory that there is only one foundation for the various principles of duty surveyed and defended in the Metaphysics of Morals, viz.
Description 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.
Like other translators, Timmermann notices that the common translation ‘kingdom,’ as in Kant’s famous phrase, “kingdom of ends” might better be rendered as ‘realm’ or ‘commonwealth’.
Allen Wood and this reviewer take Kant’s statement in the Groundwork as decisive and render ” zur ” as “for” rather than “of”: Abbott”Groundwork” H. Gregor and Timmermann are not only faithful to his words; they replicated his syntax. No keywords specified fix it. From the early s onward, Kant was regarded by the coming generation of philosophers as having overthrown all previous systems and as having opened up a whole new philosophical vista. My disagreement with the translation of unsittlich at 4: The Metaphysics of Morals.
One might be equally pedantic about another word in the German title: The differences between these seem slight — the word ” Grundlegung ” can mean anything that underlies and supports, or that something can be built upon — e. Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality Friedrich Nietzsche.
Timmermann has taken Mary Gregor’s English translation and revised it here and there, but on the whole it is her version that is presented. I suspect a lot of people would be thrown by “desiderative.
There is of course a certain pleasure in deciphering Kant’s lengthy sentences, looking for the referent of his pronouns, and puzzling over the sequence of his clauses — a pleasure that helps to motivate Kant translators! Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. These attempts went on for four more years until the ravages of old age finally destroyed Kant’s capacity for further intellectual work.
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Editorial notes and a bilingual index are included — the index is very thorough — but as Timmermann explains, his editorial notes avoid philosophical controversies occasioned by Kant’s claims and do not serve as a guide to Kant’s metaphyaics. What we have is a foundation for a mxry yet to be written. Timmermann, Gregor, and Paton, in their reading of zurtacitly reject or overlook Kant’s remark. Speeches to its Cultured Mirals Friedrich D.
Then, partly through the influence of former student J. A new introduction by Roger Sullivan sets the work in its historical and philosophical context. Some of Kant’s writings in the early s attracted the favorable notice of respected philosophers such as J. Korsgaard that examines and explains Kant’s argument. This edition presents the acclaimed translation of the text by Mary Gregor, together with an introduction by Christine M. In Kant’s own words its aim is to search for and establish the supreme principle of morality, What difference does it make?
In Kant’s own words its aim is to search for groundwlrk establish the supreme principle of morality, the categorical imperative. 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 his insights. For many metsphysics, however, reading Kant would be more rewording if it were less like an obstacle course.
Cambridge University Press Amazon. In this rigorous translation even dummy words like ” lf ” and ” doch ” are not morald. Other books in this series. The German text is, in its spelling and punctuation, close to Kant’s original, a decision that gives some of Kant’s words a charmingly archaic appearance; e.
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. The distinction Kant is concerned with is that of actions done “out of duty” and actions that may be consistent with morality but are not motivated by it. Perhaps someday Kant’s grfgor works will be given a similar treatment.
It displays the impact of some of the more radical young thinkers Kant’s philosophy itself had inspired.
Metaphydics a comparatively short and simple example; Kant writes: Kant’s Doctrine of Right: I think that Mary Gregor’s scrupulous translation, with or without Timmermann’s changes, would not have eased old Wloemer’s pain. Kant’s philosophy focuses attention on the active role of human reason in the process of knowing the world and on its autonomy in giving moral law.
The early reviews were hostile and uncomprehending, and Grevor attempt to grounddork his theories more accessible in his Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics was largely unsuccessful. Kant’s second edition, published inwhich corrects some of the errors in the printing of the first edition ofis the basic text.
Added to PP index Total downloads 9of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 6 91, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? And Essays on Magic Giordano Bruno. Transition from common rational to philosophic moral cognition. See my remarks on ” unsittlich ,” below. Cambridge University Press