Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 279 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 in
Published: May 31, 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0521566738
ISBN - 13: 9780521566735
Table of Contents
Introduction by Roger Sullivan; The Doctrine of Right: private right; Public right; The Doctrine of Virtue: on duties to oneself as such; Duties of virtue to others.
From the Publisher
The Metaphysics of Morals is Kant''s major work in applied moral philosophy in which he deals with the basic principles of rights and of virtues. It comprises two parts: the "Doctrine of Right," which deals with the rights that people have or can acquire, and the "Doctrine of Virtue," which deals with the virtues they ought to acquire. Mary Gregor''s translation, revised for publication in Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy, is the only complete translation of the whole text. It includes extensive annotation on Kant''s difficult and sometimes unfamiliar vocabulary. A new introduction by Roger Sullivan sets the work in its historical and philosophical context.
From the Jacket
The Metaphysics of morals is Kant''s major work in applied moral philosophy in which he deals with the basic principles of rights and virtues. This volume will be of wide interest to students of ethics and of legal and political philosophy.
About the Author
The greatest of all modern philosophers was born in the Baltic seaport of Konigsberg, East Prussia, the son of a saddler and never left the vicinity of his remote birthplace. Through his family pastor, Immanuel Kant received the opportunity to study at the newly founded Collegium Fredericianum, proceeding to the University of Konigsberg, where he was introduced to Wolffian philosophy and modern natural science by the philosopher Martin Knutzen. From 1746 to 1755, he served as tutor in various households near Konigsberg. Between 1755 and 1770, Kant published treatises on a number of scientific and philosophical subjects, including one in which he originated the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system. Some of Kant's writings in the early 1760s attracted the favorable notice of respected philosophers such as J. H. Lambert and Moses Mendelssohn, but a professorship eluded Kant until he was over 45. In 1781 Kant finally published his great work, the Critique of Pure Reason. The early reviews were hostile and uncomprehending, and Kant's attempt to make his theories more accessible in his Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (1783) was largely unsuccessful. Then, partly through the influence of former student J. G. 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 t
From Our Editors
The Metaphysics of morals is Kant's major work in applied moral philosophy in which he deals with the basic principles of rights and virtues. This volume will be of wide interest to students of ethics and of legal and political philosophy.
"Considering this, I think Gregor did an admirable job....If your German is not up to Kant''s beautiful but sometimes exerting sentences, get this translation and read it." Karl Hepfer, Philosophy in Review