In this classic text, 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 human virtues. This new edition and translation of Kant's work is designed especially for students. An extensive and comprehensive introduction explains the central concepts of Groundwork and looks at Kant's main lines of argument. Detailed notes aim to clarify Kant's thoughts and to correct some common misunderstandings of his doctrines.
Thomas E. Hill Jr. is Kenan Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has also taught at the University of California at Los Angeles and has held visiting appointments at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota. He has written widely on ethics and political philosophy. Books published previously include 'Human Welfare and Moral Worth' (2002), 'Respect, Pluralism and Justice: Kantian Perspectives' (2000) and 'Dignity and Practical Reason in Kant's Moral Theory' (1992). Arnulf Zweig currently teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oregon and has held visiting appointments at Harvard and M.I.T. He is the editor and translator of Kant's correspondence and has published articles in the philosophy of law, ethics and the history of philosophy. Books published previously include 'Kant: Correspondence' (1999) and Kant: Philosophical Correspondence, 1759-1799 (1967, 1970).