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تأسيس ميتافيزيقا الأخلاق

(The Cambridge Kant German-English Edition)

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Paperback, 190 pages
Published 2002 by منشورات الجمل (first published 1785)
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Trevor
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
When I was studying this book there were no copies available to buy for some reason - but then I found it in the local library in a hard back edition printed in the 1930s or something. I borrowed it and showed it to my lecturer and he said, "You ought to steal that - they only charge you what it cost the library to buy and that would have been cents back then." I said, "You want me to steal a book on morality?" Needless to say, he was much better at lecturing on Neitzsche.

This is a remarkably di
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Roy Lotz
Confession of Stupidity:

Lately, I’ve been had long and agonizing conversation with my friend about the categorical imperative. I was insisting that it didn’t make sense; my friend insisted that it did, and that I merely misunderstood it. After much deliberation, I found to my embarrassment that he was right: I had misunderstood it. I had misunderstood it badly. Now, fortunately, I think I’ve got a hold on the concept, which indeed is not terribly complex (though, for my brain at least, a bit
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Vicky "phenkos"
Covid-19 is first and foremost a social disease. If we ever needed an example of Kant's categorical imperative, Covid-19 is the best we could find. Remember that Kant distinguishes between hypothetical and categoricaI imperatives. Examples of the former include: if I want to lose weight, I need to go on a diet. 'If I want to win the next general election, I need to...(complete as necessary)'. In other words, going on a diet is not good in itself, but is only good if one wants/needs to lose weigh ...more
Darwin8u
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
“Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”
― Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

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Freedom, Autonomy of the Will, Categorical Imperative, Intuitions of Sense, Morally Aught, Universal Laws, Pure Practical Reason, Pragmatic, Practical, Rational Beings, Universality, Moral Law, External Conditions, Happiness, Empirical Interests, Obligations, Reciprocal Conceptions, Heteronomy, Causality,
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
I was the annoying guy in class who kept insisting that the categorical imperative was the Golden Rule with a thick, convoluted veneer of the most difficult writing in philosophical history slathered all over it. Of course it is slightly different than the Golden Rule, but I'd say only trivially so. I understand Kant's influence, importance, etc, I just can't stand his writing. And I do think that his ideas, as influential as they were, were often failures. And again, the writing is painfully ba ...more
E. G.
Translator's Preface
Commentary and Analysis of the Argument - The Approach to Moral Philosophy, Outline of a Metaphysic of Morals, Outline of a Critique of Practical Reason


--Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals

Notes
Index
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Luís
If your reason commands you to help raise an old lady who has inadvertently fallen at your feet, you are obeying a categorical imperative, and your act is moral.
If you hope that by helping him, you will have a reward, you are obeying a hypothetical imperative (and in my opinion, it not earned for the tip).
Jeremy
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
It's probably a product of having been in grad school for too long, but somehow I found myself really liking this piece. I don't even care that it's not applicable to real life, at least his methods are based on tying human action to univsersal principles that anyone can participate in instead of trying to create this really creepy classist/elitist system of morality which the ancient greeks oozed over. And unlike the clunky, inhuman ethical systems espoused by more anylitic thinkers, Kant is at ...more
J.Paul Thunders
i avoided philosophy when i was in college because i was (and still am) not a thinking person lol, but now as an aspiring author, i am so glad that i have read this because i learned a lot when it comes to morals, what is considered good or bad, and the nuances of people's action and the factors that affect them. although the information here are helpful, i find this a little bit hard to read due to translation issues. if not for the footnotes that somehow simplify some passages, i would have mu ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Never trust what modern writers say about classic works of Philosophy. Kant is not only relevant because of the influence he had on latter day thinkers, but, as with this work, he has something to say which makes mince meat out of most of the present day writers. If this book had been published for the first time last year, most readers would have thought it was the greatest book they had read in the decade (or even in their lifetimes).

There is a little bit of getting used to the special languag
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Jon Nakapalau
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, favorites
There is a joke in German...the German philosophy student who learns English because Kant was too hard to understand in German(!) The hardest book I have ever read...99% went over my head...Kant was a genius.
Christopher
I like Kant, but there are some fairly obvious issues with deontology. That is not to say that this is not good stuff. I think it should be required reading for humans generally. The issue is that ethics is not easy. Understatement. If you have it in you after this, read The Critique of Pure Reason. If you want the light version, read The Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. If the Critique is a shot of espresso, the Prolegomena is light and sweet.
laura
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read the groundwork (finally finally) cover to cover in an airport in washington dc, where i spent a fourteen hour day watching one flight after another cancelled cancelled cancelled, and i have to tell you that people are near to their worst (that average daily sort of worst) in airports as their flights are cancelled. everyone was fighting for seats on future flights which would also be cancelled. everyone was arguing their cases to helpless airport staff, and the staff, in turn, treated us ...more
Phil
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is without a doubt one of the most important texts in moral philosophy, and in Western philosophy more generally. It helped to shape the way in which we approach ethical questions, and its influence is unmistakable in the notions of universal human rights, of human dignity, of intrinsic worth, and of autonomy that continue to mark ethical and political debates, both within academic philosophy and outside it. Contrary to received opinion, Kant is a h ...more
Pinkyivan
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosphy
I understood about 10% but liked what I've read 10/10 ...more
Nadia's Library
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laying the groundwork for The Metaphysics of Morals (a later work of Kant), its a much easier read. I love this one, and enjoy it immensely.
Elizabeth
Everyone seems to complain that the text is dry and hard to follow, but honestly, it's not bad at all. I read it as a freshman, and it was probably the first philosophy that I'd read that dealt so strongly in absolutes. I was impressed by his vehement (and gutsy) assertion that a priori principles must still apply empirically, regardless of the situation's specific details.

It's been years since I've read this, and Kant still stands out in my mind as one of the most powerful philosophers that I'
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Crito
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
TL;DR it's frustrating how sloppy it can be and how numerous the problems are, deep and shallow alike, and it's likely altogether just the wrong pursuit for this subject. Probably still worth reading if only for the exercise.

Kant may be among the worst kind of philosophers to write on ethics; it’s a vice of early modern philosophy that every issue is to be wrapped up in a neat little package with one weird trick. Not to say that it’s simple, just that this philosophy is a matter of finding the o
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Khashayar Mohammadi
If you have a rudimentary knowledge of the Categorical imperative, don't waste your time with this book. Its 100+ pages of explanation on the simple concept of the categorical imperative. Its a great book for beginners, but I do NOT recommend it to those who have a fundamental understanding of Kant. ...more
jordan!
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coursework
kant is a dumb fuck
Otto Lehto
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the black hole of Königsberg, Kant sucks in everybody who gets too close. There are not many singular geniuses in the history of philosophy on the level of Kant. It is impossible to mistake his writing for the writing of anybody else. The tireless construction of a metaphysical system, in his philosophy, meets the surprising open-endedness and skeptical honesty of his proposed solutions.

He was simultaneously a source of new dogmas and the destroyer of old - and even, ultimately, of his own
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Hunter McClure
This was certainly a book written by Immanuel Kant.
Kyle van Oosterum
This was flummoxing (or mind-fucking, if you wish) to say the least, such abstract and abstruse philosophical thought made me have to go back and forth constantly. From what I've extracted from this book, the kernel idea that Kant wishes to convey is the glorious Categorical Imperative.

What the Categorical Imperative suggests is the following:

"Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law. "

In other words, "do unto your neighbors
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Karl Hallbjörnsson
I really liked the book, despite having been kind of an anti-Kantian for a long time prior to reading it. Deontological ethics are the worst ethics, I'd always echoed someone or other — be it Nietzsche or some other text — but now after reading the actual work (although I do recognize that it feels rushed and underdeveloped philosophically at times) I've changed my mind. I wouldn't call myself a deontologist or anything but I do hold that the doctrine contains an important kernel or nugget of tr ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Cornel West
Shelves: philosophy
Work on an M.Div. thesis entitled "Immanuel Kant's Influence on the Thought of C.G. Jung" had me read all of the Kant that Jung had read as evinced by the books in his library and the citations given in his writings. Now, two years later, having returned to school to study philosophy, I had incentive to continue the study of Kant's writings beyond those with which the psychiatrist had been familiar.

The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals was read for Loyola University's PHIL 309: History of
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Jon Gill
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: committed philosophers, fans of complex syntax
"Thus, we do not indeed comprehend the practical unconditional necessity of the moral imperative, yet we do comprehend its incomprehensibility, and this is all that can reasonably be required of a philosophy that in its principles strives up to the boundary of human reason." ~Concluding sentence (p. 72)

My paraphrase of this sentence and indeed this book:
"Thus we do not indeed comprehend Immanuel Kant, but we do comprehend his incomprehensibility, and this is all that can be reasonably required
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The Brain in the Jar
Regardless of what you think of Kant's philosophy, his ideas, how much sense they make and how useful they are - you have to respect him. The man tried to dig ridiculously deep into human thought. His is the drill that pierced philosophy. The difficulty in understanding Kant is not in his writing. The writing is fairly analytic and linear. What's difficult is the distance Kant takes from human thought.

Human thought is built by layers upon layers. Spread all your ethical laws. Notice how you'll f
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Frank
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our lives are important. We are only possible havens in this world for morality and aesthetic things, for beauty:) We must be very attentive that although we are transient creatures, those things which we may receive and make happen are eternal :))) Transcendental :)

Now, what about the world, the universe. What it is?

It is a possibility (The Possibility), a vessel, a haven for miracles.
Because, what it is in a physical and in a moral sense but the miracle?
And it is a miracle because it goes beyo
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Adam
I read this electronic edition: http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdf/k..., which did not strike me as particularly hard to read or understand, despite the fact that those are very common complaints re: this book. Actually, I was mostly impressed with Kant's reasoning and argument, apart from the unnecessary conditions of morality later in the book, but deontological ethics (focused on good in itself, etc. divorced from consequence or social contract etc.) just don't work, and the (first formulati ...more
Jesse
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is so very fascinating about this book, and it is an accessible Kantian text I should say (he's very liberal with examples in this one, after all), is that Kant begins by saying that, certainly we have got reason for a reason, and if, as the empiricists claim, we have reason to make us happy, nothing is more unsuited to its purpose in the world! Therefore, reason is with us for a higher purpose. Now, everyone knows Kant says morality is derivable from reason alone, but not everyone realizes ...more
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He's regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe & of the late Enlightenment. His most important work is The Critique of Pure Reason, an investigation of reason itself. It encompasses an attack on traditional metaphysics & epistemology, & highlights his own contribution to these ...more

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