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Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals


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Acknowledgments Note on sources and key to abbreviations and translations Preface Part One: Preliminaries 1: The Nature of and Need for a Metaphysic of Morals: An Analysis of the Preface of GMS 2: Universal Practical Philosophy and Popular Moral Philosophy Part Two: GMS 1 3: The Good Will 4: Maxims and Moral Worth Redux 5: Kant`s Three Propositions, the Supreme Principle of Morality, and the Need for Moral Philosophy Part Three: GMS 2 6: Rational Agency and Imperatives 7: The Universal Law (FUL) and the Law of Nature (FLN) 8: The Formula of Humanity (FH) 9: Autonomy, Heteronomy, and Constructing the Categorical Imperative Part Four: GMS 3 10: The Moral Law, the Categorical Imperative, and the Reciprocity Thesis 11: The Presupposition of Freedom, The Circle, and the two Standpoints 12: The Deduction of the Categorical Imperative and the Outermost Boundary of Practical Philosophy

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Henry E. Allison is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, and Boston University. He is the author of many books, including Custom and Reason in Hume (OUP, 2008), and over seventy-five scholarly articles and reviews.


[Allison's] commentary is the best ever written on the Groundwork: comprehensive, historical, original, argumentatively clear and sharp-witted, critical, very well informed about the ongoing research, stimulating, patient, and even rather close to the text ... a masterpiece. It sets a very high standard for any future work on the Groundwork and it will be hard to surpass. * Dieter Schoenecker, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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