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Immanuel Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

A Commentary

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ISBN 9780674430136

Publication Date: 01/05/2015


248 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • 1. Kant’s Preface: The Metaphysics of Morals and the Strategy of the Groundwork
    • 1.1 The Task, Method, and Transitions of the Groundwork
    • 1.2 The Concept and Idea of a Metaphysics of Morals
    • 1.3 Summary
  • 2. Section I of the Groundwork: The Good Will, Duty, and the Derivation of the Categorical Imperative
    • 2.1 The Structure and Argument of GMS I
    • 2.2 The Good Will
      • 2.2.1 The Conditional Worth of the Gifts of Nature
      • 2.2.2 The Conditioned Worth of Gifts of Fortune
      • 2.2.3 The Efficacy and Effects of the Good Will
      • 2.2.4 The Teleological Argument
    • 2.3 Duty and Respect
      • 2.3.1 From the Concept of the Good Will to the Concept of Duty
      • 2.3.2 The Three Propositions Regarding Duty
        • The First Proposition Regarding Duty as Acting out of Respect
        • The Second Proposition Regarding Duty: The Objective Law
        • The Third Proposition Regarding Duty
    • 2.4 The Derivation of the Categorical Imperative
    • 2.5 Summary
  • 3. Section II of the Groundwork: Practical Reason, Imperatives, and Kant’s Formulas
    • 3.1 The Structure and Basic Argument of GMS II
    • 3.2 The Practical Faculty of Reason and the Division of Imperatives
      • 3.2.1 Imperatives as Objective Rational Principles for Beings That Are at Once Sensuous and Rational
      • 3.2.2 Categorical and Hypothetical Imperatives
    • 3.3 The Possibility of Hypothetical Imperatives
    • 3.4 The Formulations of the Categorical Imperative and Kant’s Examples
      • 3.4.1 Enumerating the Various Formulas
      • 3.4.2 The Derivation of Particular Duties: Kant’s Formulas and His Examples
        • The Formula of Universalizability and the Formula of the Law of Nature
        • The Formula of Humanity as End in Itself
        • Autonomy and the Realm of Ends
      • 3.4.3 The Categorical Imperative and the Relationship of Its Formulas to One Another
    • 3.5 Summary
  • 4. Section III of the Groundwork: The Deduction of the Categorical Imperative
    • 4.1 The Structure and Task of GMS III
    • 4.2 Freedom and Morality
      • 4.2.1 The Thesis of Analyticity
      • 4.2.2 The Presupposition of Freedom
    • 4.3 The Deduction of the Categorical Imperative
    • 4.4 Summary
  • 5. Bibliography
    • 5.1 Kant
    • 5.2 Secondary Literature
  • Index

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