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Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is one of the most important works in modern moral philosophy. It belongs beside Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. Here Kant sets out to articulate and defend the Categorical Imperative - the fundamental principle that underlies moral reasoning - and to lay the foundation for a comprehensive account of justice and hum ...more
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Published August 14th 2016 by Dancing Unicorn Books (first published 1785)
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Hadrian
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People ask me how I become so well-read. Although I huff and bumble around the question, the fact is I am not yet well read. I have not read any of the Four Great Chinese classics, none of Kant's Kritiks, gave up on Proust half-way, nothing by Heidegger, no Canterbury Tales in the Middle English, no Gargantua and Pentagruel, no Ulysses, no Lacan (though I've heard he's a shit), no Vico, no Gadamer, none of Beckett's novels, etc., etc. There is always more and it is always calling.

The point of th
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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 t
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Θα τολμούσα να πω (αν και αυθαίρετα ίσως), ότι ο Καντ είναι ο Αριστοτέλης της σύγχρονης δυτικής φιλοσοφίας. Πολύ απαιτητικό βιβλίο, αν και το πιο προσιτό του σε μη ειδικούς αναγνώστες.
Darwin8u
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“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, Causali
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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
Camille Stein
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition











Los imperativos de la sagacidad coincidirían enteramente con los de la habilidad y serían, como estos, analíticos, si fuera igualmente fácil dar un concepto determinado de la felicidad. Pues aquí como allí, diríase: el que quiere el fin, quiere también (de conformidad con la razón, necesariamente) los únicos medios que están para ello en su poder. Pero es una desdicha que el concepto de la felicidad sea un concepto tan indeterminado que, aun cuando todo hombre desea alcanzarla, nunca puede decir
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Edward
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

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Ana
Pensei que a leitura deste livro "ia ser dose" ou seja, que ia ser muito complexa e aborrecida, mas não foi assim uma leitura tão má quanto isso. É óbvio que a minha compreensão total deste livro beneficiaria em muito de um conhecimento mais aprofundado e contextualizado da obra completa deste filósofo, contudo não a achei difícil de entender e penso ser uma obra acessível a quem como eu tenha poucos conhecimentos sobre Filosofia.

O autor propõe-se neste livro chegar estabelecer os fundamentos da
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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
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.
Mashael Alamri
ترجمة الكتاب رائعة , شرحت بالتفصيل فلسفة كانط بطريقة ميسرة قد تكون مفاتيح للكثير من البحث أو القراءة , فكرت كثيرا كيف أكتب المراجعة للكتاب ووجدت أنني أكتب صفحات عدة لأن الكتاب بترجمته هو عبارة عن مراجعة هل سأنقله بأكمله ؟؟
أول كتاب اقرأه لكانط , بخلاف بعض المقالات والشروحات عن فلسفته لذلك أحتاج الكثير قبل أن أكتب عنه أقلها الإطلاع على مؤلف آخر له لأنها الآن تبدو لي صعبه.
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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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
Seyed Mohammad
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
متن بیشک یکی از مهمترین متون تاریخ فلسفه اخلاق است و احتمالا دشوارترین آنها. اهمیت متن تنها در تقابل با متونی اساسی دیگر در فلسفه اخلاق فهمیده میشود. خصوصا اخلاق نیکوماخوس و ایدههای هیوم
در اینجا فقط به دو نکته مهم اشاره میکنم. درک کانت از اخلاق به غایت ضد طبیعتگرایی است. این تقابل با اخلاق ارسطو، به ذهن من ریشه در گرایشات شبه مسیحی در اندیشه کانت دارد (میگویم شبه مسیحی چراکه در دینداری کانت تردیدهایی وجود دارد). این ایده که انسان فراتر از تمام ضرورتها میتواند و باید اخلاقی باشد. این ایده که میتو
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Yann
C'est quelque part au fond de l’Allemagne, en méditant solitairement à la chaleur d'un poêle, qu'un soldat français donna une nouvelle impulsion à la philosophie. Pour cela, ce nouveau Socrate proposa une démarche simple, fondée sur quelques principes, au premier desquels douter de tout, puis remplacer par degré les préjugés acquis à la hâte par des connaissances, en ne tenant pour vrai que ce qui nous parait évident. En face de toute difficulté, la découper en parties, jusqu’à ce que chacune d’ ...more
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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Luís C.
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Nr.1: The moral seeks to define what should be done, what should happen. In this respect differs from the knowledge whose laws determine universally what is or what happens. Kant sought to demonstrate that it was possible to formulate universal laws as the moral of scientific knowledge. These laws had to be made a priori, that is, without take into account the acts actually charged, whether they were good or bad. The supreme legislator of morality is human
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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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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.
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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Philippe-Antoine
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
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
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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Makson
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ο Διαφωτισμός είναι η έξοδος του ανθρώπου από την ανωριμότητα του για την οποία ο ίδιος είναι υπεύθυνος. Η διάσημη φράση του Καντ θα λέγαμε πως στην ηθική του μεταφράζεται στην έξοδο του ανθρώπου από την ανωριμότητα της φυσικής ορμής και την υποταγή στην κατηγορική προσταγή.

Κορυφαία φυσιογνωμία της εποχής του Διαφωτισμού και «υπεύθυνος» για τον γερμανικό ιδεαλισμό, ο Καντ (Πρωσία, 1724-1804) είναι γνωστός για τις τρεις περίφημες κριτικές του: Η κριτική του Καθαρού Λόγου (1781), Η Κριτική του Πρ
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Κωνσταντίνος Τσεντεμεΐδης
Ένα απ τα βιβλία που όταν το διαβάσεις μπορείς να κοκορευεσαι και να καμαρωνεις σαν γυφτικο σκεπαρνι 😜. Δεν περίμενα τίποτα λιγότερο από τον καντ, δύσκολος και αυστηρά ακαδημαικος αλλά με ένα έργο που χάραξε τον δικό του δρόμο στην δυτική φιλοσοφία. Διαφωνώ σχεδόν ολοκληρωτικά με την ηθική του του, αλλά σε μια ιδανική κοινωνία η θεωρία του περί ηθικής είναι αρκετά γοητευτική. Αλλά δεν παύει να είναι μια ακατόρθωτη θεωρία.. Όποιος σκέφτεται να το διαβάσει, θα χρειαστεί πρώτα καμποσους καφέδες και ...more
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
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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 contributi ...more
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