Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary

Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press (2011)
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Henry E. Allison presents a comprehensive commentary on Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals . Allison pays special attention to the structure of the work and its historical and intellectual context. He argues that, despite its relative brevity, the Groundwork is the single most important work in modern moral philosophy



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The Introduction emphasizes the importance of the principle of autonomy and describes the structure of both Kant’s work and the commentary on it. It notes that the Groundwork has two tasks: to search for and to establish the supreme principle of morality. Its first two parts are devoted to... see more

The Nature of and Need for a Metaphysic of Morals: An Analysis of the Preface of GMS

This chapter analyzes the Preface of the Groundwork. Its main focus is on Kant’s argument for the necessity of a metaphysics of morals, that is, an a priori moral philosophy. Kant claims that such a metaphysics is necessary for both moral theory and practice. The former stems from the assu... see more

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