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Kant's Metaphysics of Morals
A Critical Guide


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Manfred Kuehn, Steven Engstrom, Katrin Flikschuh, Otfried Höffe, B. Sharon Byrd, Allen W. Wood, Paul Guyer, Jeanine Grenberg, Lara Denis, Robert N. Johnson, Patrick Kain, Thomas E. Hill, Jr
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  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521513937

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  • Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals (1797), containing the Doctrine of Right and Doctrine of Virtue, is his final major work of practical philosophy. Its focus is not rational beings in general but human beings in particular, and it presupposes and deepens Kant's earlier accounts of morality, freedom and moral psychology. In this volume of newly-commissioned essays, a distinguished team of contributors explores the Metaphysics of Morals in relation to Kant's earlier works, as well as examining themes which emerge from the text itself. Topics include the relation between right and virtue, property, punishment, and moral feeling. Their diversity of questions, perspectives and approaches will provide new insights into the work for scholars in Kant's moral and political theory.

    • A variety of approaches in these essays ensure a broad range for Kant scholars whether focused primarily on ethical or political theory, history of philosophy, or Kant interpretation and scholarship
    • Covers both the Doctrine of Right and Doctrine of Virtue, appealing to readers in both Kant's moral and political philosophy
    • Contributions are written by leading scholars in this field
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    'Denis has assembled an outstanding collection of essays that are dedicated to critically exploring Kant's Metaphysics of Morals. This is an invaluable guide for reading a crucial text within the Kantian corpus.' Chris McTavish, Philosophy in Review

    'The book attempts to bridge the gap between German and English-language scholarship. Flikschuh, Wood, and Byrd in particular incorporate German secondary literature.' Georg Cavallar, The European Legacy

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521513937
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: the history and significance of its deferral Manfred Kuehn
    2. Reason, desire, and the will Steven Engstrom
    3. Justice without virtue Katrin Flikschuh
    4. Kant's innate right as a rational criterion for human rights Otfried Höffe
    5. Intelligible possession of objects of choice B. Sharon Byrd
    6. Punishment, retribution, and the coercive enforcement of right Allen W. Wood
    7. Moral feelings in the Metaphysics of Morals Paul Guyer
    8. What is the enemy of virtue? Jeanine Grenberg
    9. Freedom, primacy, and perfect duties to oneself Lara Denis
    10. Duties to and regarding others Robert N. Johnson
    11. Duties regarding animals Patrick Kain
    12. Kant's Tugendlehre as normative ethics Thomas E. Hill, Jr

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    Lara Denis, Agnes Scott College, Decatur


    Manfred Kuehn, Steven Engstrom, Katrin Flikschuh, Otfried Höffe, B. Sharon Byrd, Allen W. Wood, Paul Guyer, Jeanine Grenberg, Lara Denis, Robert N. Johnson, Patrick Kain, Thomas E. Hill, Jr

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