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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, 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.

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‘This is an absolutely excellent guide to Kant’s Groundwork! Although the Groundwork is a formidable text, it is also an essential one for anyone interested in philosophy … Not only is Professor Sedgwick’s guide both lucid and accurate, but it also places the Groundwork in the context of Kant’s other work.’

James Taylor - The College of New Jersey

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Bibliography
Biographies
Cassirer, E.. Kant's Life and Thought. Trans. Haden, James. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1981.
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Works by Kant Cited in the Text
Critique of Pure Reason. Trans. and ed. by Guyer, Paul and Wood, Allen W.. Cambridge University Press, 1998. As is customary, citations are to the A (1781) and B (1787) pagination of the Academy edition.
Lectures on Ethics. Trans. and ed. by Heath, P. and Schneewind, J. B.. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Lectures on Logic. Trans. and ed. Young, J. M.. Cambridge University Press, 1992. Contains the following work cited:
The Jäsche Logic, pp. 519–640.
Practical Philosophy. Trans. and ed. Gregor, M. J.. Cambridge University Press, 1996. Contains the following works cited:
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, pp. 37–108.
Critique of Practical Reason, pp. 133–271.
Metaphysics of Morals, pp. 355–603.
“On a Supposed Right to Lie from Philanthropy,” pp. 605–615.
Religion and Rational Theology. Trans. Giovani, George di, ed. Wood, Allen W.. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Theoretical Philosophy 1755–1770. Trans. and ed. Meerbote, R. and Walford, D.. Cambridge University Press, 1992. Contains the following work cited:
“Inquiry concerning the Distinctness of the Principles of Natural Theology and Morality,” pp. 243–286.
Theoretical Philosophy after 1781. Trans. and ed. Allison, H. and Heath, P., trans. Hatfield, G. and Friedman, M.. Cambridge University Press, 2002. Contains the following work cited:
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics that Will be Able to Come Forward as Science, pp. 49–169.
The Doctrine of Virtue: Part II of the Metaphysics of Morals. Trans. Gregor, M. J.. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1964.
The Metaphysics of Morals. Trans. Gregor, Mary J.. Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone. Trans. Greene, Theodore M. and Hudson, Hoyt H.. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1960.
On History: Immanuel Kant. Trans. and ed. Beck, L. W., Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs–Merrill Company, Inc., 1963. Contains the following works cited:
“Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View,” pp. 11–26.
“Conjectural Beginning of Human History,” pp. 53–68.
The Standard German edition of Kant's works is Kants gesammelte Schriften. Ed. Prussian, Royal (later German) Academy of Sciences. Berlin: Georg Reimer, later Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1900–. The marginal numbers in works in the Cambridge edition are to volumes and pages of this edition.
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Greene, T. M.. “The Historical Context and Religious Significance of Kant's ‘Religion’.” In Greene, T. M. and Hudson, H. H., trans., Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone. New York: Harper & Row, 1960, pp. ix–lxxviii.
Gregor, M. J.. Translator's Introduction to the Metaphysics of Morals. In The Metaphysics of Morals, trans and ed. Gregor, M.. Cambridge University Press, 1991, pp. 1–31.
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Gregor, M. J. Translator's Introduction to the Doctrine of Virtue: Part II of the Metaphysics of Morals. Trans. Gregor, Mary J.. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1964, pp. xvii–xxxvi.
Guyer, P.. “The Form and Matter of the Categorical Imperative.” In Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung: Akten des IX. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, eds. Gerhardt, Volker, Horstmann, Rolf-Peter, and Schumacher, Ralph, pp. 131–150.
Guyer, P. ed. Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Herman, B.. The Practice of Moral Judgment. Cambridge, MA/London: Harvard University Press, 1993.
Horn, C.. “Kant on Ends in Nature and in Human Agency.” In Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, eds. Horn, C. and Schönecker, D., Berlin/New York, NY: Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2006, pp. 45–71.
Horn, C. and Schönecker, D., eds. Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals. Berlin/New York, NY: Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2006.
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Louden, R.. Kant's Impure Ethics: From Rational Beings to Human Beings. Oxford and New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Schmidt, C. M.. “The anthropological dimension of Kant's Metaphysics of Morals.” Kant-Studien 96 (2005), 66–82.
Sedgwick, S.. “On Lying and the Role of Content in Kant's Ethics.” Kant-Studien 82 (1991), 42–62.
Willaschek, M.. “Practical Reason.” In Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, eds. Horn, Christoph and Schönecker, Dieter, pp. 130–132.
Williams, B.. “Persons, Character and Morality.” In Moral Luck: Philosophical Papers 1973–1980. Cambridge University Press, 1981, pp. 1–19.
Wood, A.. Kant's Ethical Thought. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Wood, A. “The Good without Limitation.” In Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, eds. Horn, C. and Schönecker, D., pp. 25–44.
General Works not Cited
Allison, H. E.. Idealism and Freedom: Essays on Kant's Theoretical and Practical Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Beck, L. W.. “Apodictic Imperatives.” Kant-Studien 49 (1957/58), 7–24.
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Ebbinghaus, J.. “Interpretation and Misinterpretation of the Categorical Imperative.” Philosophical Quarterly IV (1954), 97–108.
Engstrom, S.. “The Concept of the Highest Good in Kant's Moral Theory.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (1992), 747–780.
Engstrom, S.Conditioned Autonomy.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 48 (1988), 435–453.
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(O'Neill), O. Nell. Acting on Principle: An Essay on Kantian Ethics. New York, NY and London: Columbia University Press, 1975.
Schneewind, J. B.. The Invention of Autonomy. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Sullivan, R.. An Introduction to Kant's Ethics. Cambridge, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Timmermann, J.. Kant's ‘Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals’: A Commentary. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Anthologies not Cited
Engstrom, S. and Whiting, J., eds. Aristotle, Kant, and the Stoics. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Guyer, P. ed. Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: Critical Essays. Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998.
Timmons, M., ed. Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: Interpretative Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

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