Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, S Sedgwick

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Content: Cambridge University Press 978-0-521-60416-1 - Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: An Introduction Sally Sedgwick Frontmatter More information KANT'S GROUNDWORK OF THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALS Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals of 1785 is one of the most profound and important works in the history of practical philosophy. In this introduction to the Goundwork, Sally Sedgwick provides a guide to Kant's text that follows the course of his discussion virtually paragraph by paragraph. Her aim is to convey Kant's ideas and arguments as clearly and simply as possible, without getting lost in scholarly controversies. Her introductory chapter offers a useful overview of Kant's general approach to practical philosophy, and she also explores and clarifies some of the main assumptions which Kant relies on in his Groundwork but defends in his Critique of Pure Reason. The book will be a valuable guide for all who are interested in Kant's practical philosophy. S A L L Y S E D G W I C K is Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Professor of Germanic Studies, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at Chicago. She is editor of The Reception of Kant's Critical Philosophy: Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel (2000).
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Cambridge University Press 978-0-521-60416-1 - Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: An Introduction Sally Sedgwick Frontmatter More information KANT'S GROUNDWORK OF THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALS An Introduction SALLY SEDGWICK University of Illinois at Chicago
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Contents
Preface List of abbreviations
page ix xi
1 Introduction
1
2 Kant's Preface
29
3 Section I: Transition from common rational to philosophic
moral cognition
47
4 Section II: Transition from popular moral philosophy
to metaphysics of morals
83
5 Section III: Transition from metaphysics of morals to the
critique of pure practical reason
168
Bibliography
199
Index
203
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Preface
Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals of 1785 is one of the most profound and important works in the history of practical philosophy. In this Introduction to the Groundwork, I provide a guide to Kant's text that follows the course of his discussion virtually paragraph by paragraph. I have aimed to convey Kant's ideas and arguments as clearly and simply as possible, without getting lost in scholarly controversies. I have tried to produce a guide that is easy to use. The organization of all but my first chapter mirrors that of Kant's discussion in the Preface and three sections of the Groundwork. I subdivide my chapters into topic headings that track the progression of his arguments. I frequently provide page references to the Academy edition of the Groundwork, so that the reader can match up my discussion with the relevant passages in Kant's text. Although I have strived for accessibility throughout this work, the reader will discover that I have not always succeeded. In part, this reflects the fact that Kant's own narrative in the Groundwork is not uniformly accessible. He is particularly obscure when he turns his attention to methodological matters. Moreover, he sometimes relies on arguments he has provided in other texts. This is most obviously the case in the third and most challenging section of the Groundwork, where he sets out to demonstrate the reality of human freedom. In my introductory chapter, I offer an overview of Kant's general project in practical philosophy. I try to give my reader some sense of the big picture. In addition, I review key assumptions that underlie Kant's argument in the Groundwork, assumptions he defends in the context of his theoretical philosophy. This is background material that I hope will aid my reader in understanding some of the more elusive arguments of the Groundwork, including the argument of Section III. ix
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Unavoidably, every chapter of this guide touches upon matters of great complexity. The student should not be discouraged by this. It is possible to appreciate much of the basic project of the Groundwork without mastering each of Kant's argumentative moves. Likewise, it should be possible to benefit from much of this guide without comprehending every part of it. Although I have written this book primarily for the student who is reading the Groundwork for the first or second time, some of my discussions are likely to be of interest only to the more experienced reader. I have accumulated a number of debts in connection with this work. First, I am indebted to Hilary Gaskin of Cambridge University Press for the invitation to take on the project, and for editorial assistance along the way. I owe thanks as well to the anonymous readers engaged by the Press who commented on my initial proposal, and years later, on the submitted manuscript. I am grateful to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for reducing my teaching responsibilities over these past three years, and to my department at UIC for providing an exceptionally collegial environment in which to work. In addition, I thank Rolf-Peter Horstmann and the Alexander von HumboldtStiftung for the support that made possible a research trip to Germany in the spring of 2004, when the book was in its early stages. During that visit, Manfred Baum gave generously of his time to explore with me the potential shape of the project and some of the challenges I would encounter. I have also benefited from the philosophical expertise of Stephen Engstrom, David Hilbert, Tony Strimple, and Rachel Zuckert, who either commented on drafts or discussed interpretative difficulties with me. I am grateful to Cameron Brewer for providing indispensable technical assistance in preparing the manuscript for submission. Finally, I owe Special thanks to my most cherished consultant, Peter Hylton, who lived with and supported this project on a daily basis. Needless to say, the imperfections of this work are my responsibility alone.
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Abbreviations of Kant's works
CPR CPrR MM MM I MM II Prolegomena Religion
Critique of Pure Reason Critique of Practical Reason Metaphysics of Morals Metaphysics of Morals, Doctrine of Right Metaphysics of Morals, Doctrine of Virtue Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics that Will be Able to Come Forward as a Science Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason
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