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Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary

Henry E. Allison


This book is a comprehensive commentary on Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785). It differs from most recent commentaries in paying special attention to the structure of the work, the historical context in which it was written, and the views to which Kant was responding. It argues that, despite its relative brevity, the Groundwork is the single most important work in modern moral philosophy and that its significance lies mainly in two closely related factors. The first is that it is here that Kant first articulates his revolutionary principle of the autonomy of the will, that ... More

Keywords: autonomy, bindingness, categorical imperative, duty, the good, heteronomy, hypothetical imperative, morality, the will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry E. Allison, author
University of California