Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is one of the most important works in modern moral philosophy. This collection of essays, the first of its kind in nearly thirty years, introduces the reader to some of the most important studies of the book from the past two decades, arranged in the form of a collective commentary.
Paul Guyer is the Florence R. C. Murray Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Kant and the Claims of Taste (Cambridge) and Kant and the Experience of Freedom (Cambridge), the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kant, and the co-editor and translator with Allen Wood of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Cambridge, forthcoming).
Part 1 Historical Background Chapter 2 Natural Law/ Skepticism/ and Methods of Ethics Part 3 The Good Will and the Categorical Imperative (Groundwork I) Chapter 4 The Argument of Kant's Groundwork Chapter 5 Kant's Analysis of Obligation: The Argument of Groundwork I Chapter 6 Kant's Good Will and Our Good Nature Part 7 The Categorical Imperative and Its Formulations (Groundwork II) Chapter 8 Consistency in Action Chapter 9 Mutual Aid and Respect for Persons Chapter 10 Humanity as End in Itself Chapter 11 The Categorical Imperative Chapter 12 The Possibility of the Categorical Imperative Part 13 The Categorical Imperative and Freesom of the Will (Groundwork III) Chapter 14 Kant's Argument for the Rationality of Moral Conduct Chapter 15 Morality and Freedom: Kant's Reciprocity Thesis Chapter 16 The Deduction of the Moral Law: The Reasons for the Obscurity of the Final Section of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals