Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-888d5979f-x5hg2 Total loading time: 0.336 Render date: 2021-10-25T21:22:33.928Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": true, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true, "newEcommerce": true, "newUsageEvents": true }

Formulas of the Moral Law

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 August 2017

Allen Wood
Affiliation:
Indiana University, Bloomington

Summary

This Element defends a reading of Kant's formulas of the moral law in Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. It disputes a long tradition concerning what the first formula (Universal Law/Law of Nature) attempts to do. The Element also expounds the Formulas of Humanity, Autonomy and the Realm of Ends, arguing that it is only the Formula of Humanity from which Kant derives general duties, and that it is only the third formula (Autonomy/Realm of Ends) that represents a complete and definitive statement of the moral principle as Kant derives it in the Groundwork. The Element also disputes the claim that the various formulas are 'equivalent', arguing that this claim is either false or else nonsensical because it is grounded on a false premise about what Kant thinks a moral principle is for.
Get access
Type
Element
Information
Online ISBN: 9781108332736
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication: 12 October 2017
Copyright
© Allen Wood 2018

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

References

Allison, Henry (2011). Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Aristotle, (1999). Nicomachean Ethics, 2nd edn., trans. Irwin, Terence. Indianapolis: Hackett. Abbreviated ‘NE’ and refd by Becker number.Google Scholar
Baron, Marcia (1991). “Impartiality and Friendship,” Ethics 101, 836857.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Brucker, Johann Jacob (1742–1744). Historia Critica Philosophiae a mundi incunabulis ad nostrum aetatum deducta, 5 vols. Leipzig: Weidemann and Reich, Pars II, Cap. II, Lib. VII.Google Scholar
Dworkin, Ronald (2011). Justice for Hedgehogs. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
Fahmy, Melissa Seymour (2009). “Active Sympathetic Participation: Reconsidering Kant’s Duty of Sympathy,” Kantian Review 14(1), 3152.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb (2011). Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation, trans. Green, Garrett, ed. Wood, A.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Greene, Joshua (2008). “The Secret Joke of Kant’s Soul,” in Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (ed.), Moral Psychology, Volume 3. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.Google Scholar
Guyer, Paul (2014 [2006]). Kant. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
Hegel, G. W. F. (1991). Elements of the Philosophy of Right, trans. Nisbet, H. B., ed. Wood, A., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Herman, Barbara (1993). The Practice of Moral Judgment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
Hume, David (2005 [1783]). Of Suicide. New York: Penguin.Google Scholar
Kaufman, Alexander (1996). Welfare in the Kantian State. Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
Kleingeld, Pauline (2017). “Contradiction and Kant’s Formula of Universal Law,” in Watkins, E. (ed.), Kant, Agency and Persons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Korsgaard, Christine (1996a). Creating the Kingdom of Ends. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Korsgaard, Christine (1996b). The Sources of Normativity, ed. O’Neill, Onora. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Korsgaard, Christine (2009). Self-Constitution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Lyons, David B. (1965). The Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism. Oxford: Clarendon Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Mill, John Stuart (2001). Utilitarianism, 2nd edn., ed. Sher, George. Indianapolis: Hackett.Google Scholar
Mossner, Ernest Campbell (1970). The Life of David Hume. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
Nietzsche, Friedrich (2002). Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to the Philosophy of the Future, ed. Horstmann, Rolf-Peter and Norman, Judith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
O’Neill, Onora (1989). Constructions of Reason: Explorations of Kant’s Practical Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
O’Neill, Onora (2013). Acting on Principle: An Essay in Kantian Ethics, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. First edition: New York: Columbia University Press, 1975.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Rawls, John. (1989). “Themes in Kant’s Moral Philosophy,” in Förster, E. (ed.), Kant’s Transcendental Deductions. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
Rawls, John (2000). Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy, ed. Herman, Barbara. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
Reich, Klaus (1939). “Kant and Greek Ethics I–II,” trans Walsh, W. H.. Mind 48, 338354.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Rivera-Castro, Faviola (2014). “Kant’s Formula of the Universal Law of Nature Reconsidered,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 11(2), 185208.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Sade, Marquis de (1966 [1791]). Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and other writings, trans. Seaver, R. and Wainhouse, A.. New York: Grove Press.Google Scholar
Scheffler, Samuel (1992). Human Morality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
Schönecker, Dieter and Wood, Allen (2015). Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Timmermann, Jens (2007). Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Tittel, Gottlob August (2012 [1786]). Über Herrn Kants Moralreform. Charleston, SC: Nabu Press.Google Scholar
Williams, Bernard (1981). Moral Luck. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wolf, Susan (2003). “‘One Thought Too Many’: Love, Morality, and the Ordering of Commitment,” in Heuer, Ulrike and Land, Gerald (eds.), Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams. Oxford: Oxford University PressGoogle Scholar
Wolff, Robert Paul (1972). The Autonomy of Reason. New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar
Wood, Allen (1990). Hegel’s Ethical Thought. New York: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wood, Allen (1999). Kant’s Ethical Thought. New York: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wood, Allen (2001). “The Moral Law as a System of Formulas,” in Stolzenberg, H. and Fulda, H. F. (eds.), Architektonik und System in der Philosophie Kants. Hamburg: Meiner Verlag.Google Scholar
Wood, Allen (2008). Kantian Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Wood, Allen (2014). The Free Development of Each: Studies in Freedom, Right and Ethics in Classical German Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wood, Allen (2016). Fichte’s Ethical Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wood, Allen (2017a). “Kant on Friendship,” in Sensen, Oliver and Bacin, Stefano (eds.), Kant’s Ethics in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Wood, Allen (2017b). “Universal Law,” in Watkins, E. (ed.), Kant, Agency and Persons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
6
Cited by

Send element to Kindle

To send this element to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Formulas of the Moral Law
  • Allen Wood, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Online ISBN: 9781108332736
Available formats
×

Send element to Dropbox

To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

Formulas of the Moral Law
  • Allen Wood, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Online ISBN: 9781108332736
Available formats
×

Send element to Google Drive

To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

Formulas of the Moral Law
  • Allen Wood, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Online ISBN: 9781108332736
Available formats
×