Tag: Moral Philosophy

Major Works

  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

    - Gregor, M. and Timmerman, J.  Trans. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
    Excerpt: Ancient Greek philosophy was divided into three sciences: physics, ethics, and logic. Formal philosophy is called logic. Material philosophy, however, has to do with determinate objects and the laws to which they are subject, is again twofold; for… More
  • Metaphysics of Morals

    - Gregor, M. Metaphysics of Morals, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
    Excerpt: The Science of Right has for its object the principles of all the laws which it is possible to promulgate by external legislation. Where there is such a legislation, it becomes, in actual application to it, a system of positive right and law; and he… More
  • Critique of Practical Reason

    - Gregor, Mary J. (ed.) Critique of Practical Reason, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
    Excerpt: The theoretical use of reason was concerned with objects of the cognitive faculty only, and a critical examination of it with reference to this use applied properly only to the pure faculty of cognition; because this raised the suspicion, which was… More

Other Works

  • Practical Philosophy

    - Gregor, M., (ed.), Practical Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • Lectures on Ethics

    - Heath, P., and Schneewind, J., (eds.), Lectures on Ethics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Religion and Rational Theology

    - Wood, A., and di Giovanni, G., (eds.), Religion and Rational Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 1996


  • A Commentary on Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason

    - Beck, L.,  A Commentary on Kant's Critique of Practical Reason, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1960.
    From the publisher: Few substantial philosophical treatises have been written in the same haste in which the Critique of Practical Reason was composed.  The book, however, shows a few of the signs of hurry that marred some of Kant’s other works.… More
  • Laws of Freedom: A Study of Kant’s Method of Applying the Categorical Imperative in the Metaphysik der Sitten

    - Gregor, Mary, Laws of Freedom: A Study of Kant's Method of Applying the Categorical Imperative in the Metaphysik der Sitten, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1963.
    From a review: “The English speaking world waited 165 years for an adequate translation and a full study of Kant’s Metaphysik der Sitten,  and then in the course of one year got to translations of its long Introduction and Doctrine of Virtue as… More
  • Kant’s Theory of Mental Activity

    - Wolff, Robert Paul, Kant's Theory of Mental Activity, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1963.
    From a review: “Professor Wolff holds —rightly, I think—that there are 3 keys to the Kantian doctrine. The 1st is the epistemological turn; that is, the progressive substitution of epistemological for ontological or metaphysical considerations.… More
  • Kant’s Moral Religion

    - Wood, A., Kant's Moral Religion, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1970.
    From the publisher: In Kant’s Moral Religion, Allen W. Wood argues that Kant’s doctrine of religious belief if consistent with his best critical thinking and, in fact, that the “moral arguments”—along with the faith they… More
  • The Autonomy of Reason

    - Wolff, Robert Paul, The Autonomy of Reason. New York: Harper, 1973.
    Excerpt: “Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is probably the most difficult short work in modern philosophical literature. Despite its great popularity—it is, after the Critique of Pure Reason, the most widely read and commented upon of… More
  • The Rights of Reason: A Study of Kant’s Philosophy and Politics

    - Meld Shell, Susan. The Rights of Reason: A Study of Kant’s Philosophy and Politics, Toronto and London: University of Toronto Press, 1980.
    From a review: So what little is available in English on Kant’s Rechtslehre that’s any book length treatments is welcome. Susan Shell’s book must be more than welcome since it brings a perception that is both deep and refreshing to a text… More
  • Kant

    - Scruton, Roger Kant. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
    From the publisher: Emphasizing the continuity between his moral and aesthetic doctrines and the metaphysical basis in which they rest, the author explores Kant’s relation to Leibniz and Hume, and his attempt to construct a philosophy which was neither… More
  • Kant’s Political Philosophy

    - Riley, Patrick, Kant's Political Philosophy, Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1983.
    From a review: While post-modernists and communitarians might seek to reinter the only recently revived body of Kant’s political thought, this collection indicates the continuing vitality of Kantianism. Howard Lloyd Williams has assembled thirteen… More
  • The Coherence of Kant’s Doctrine of Freedom

    - Carnois, Bernard, The Coherence of Kant's Doctrine of Freedom. D. Booth, tr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
    From the publisher: “The term freedom appears in many contexts in Kant’s work, ranging from the cosmological to the moral to the theological. Can the diverse meanings Kant gave to the term be ordered systematically? To ask that question is to… More
  • The Art of Judgement

    - Caygill, Howard. The Art of Judgement, Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.
    From the publisher: This original reading of Kant’s third critique, “The Critique of Judgement-Power”, provides an innovative view of the role of judgement in current theoretical debates, in both the humanities and social sciences. Judgement… More
  • Kant’s Transcendental Deductions

    - Förster, E., ed.,  Kant's Transcendental Deductions, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989.
    From the publisher: “In Kant’s Transcendental Deductions , 14 of the leading Anglo-American and European Kant scholars present their research on the deductions, probably the most complex and fascinating aspects of Kant’s writings. The… More
  • Constructions of Reason

    - O'Neill, Onora, Constructions of Reason, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
    From the publisher: Two centuries after they were published, Kant’s ethical writings are as much admired and imitated as they have ever been, yet serious and long-standing accusations of internal incoherence remain unresolved. Onora O’Neill traces… More
  • Immanuel Kant’s Moral Theory

    - Sullivan, R., Immanuel Kant's Moral Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
    From the publisher: “This comprehensive, lucid, and systematic commentary on Kant’s practical (or moral) philosophy is sure to become a standard reference work. Kant is arguably the most important moral philosopher of the modern period, yet, prior… More
  • Freedom and the End of Reason by Richard Velkley

    - Velkley, R., Freedom and the End of Reason: On the Moral Foundation of Kant's Critical Philosophy, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1989.
    In this very significant work, Richard Velkley of Tulane University draws out the theoretical influence of Rousseau on Kant in a novel and exciting way. In so doing, he sheds new light on the meaning of key terms and topics in Rousseau’s practical and… More
  • Kant’s Theory of Freedom

    - Allison, Henry. Kant’s Theory of Freedom, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
    From the publisher: In his new book the eminent Kant scholar Henry Allison provides an innovative and comprehensive interpretation of Kant’s concept of freedom. The author analyzes the concept and discusses the role it plays in Kant’s moral… More
  • Dignity and Practical Reason in Kant’s Moral Theory

    - Hill, T., Dignity and Practical Reason in Kant's Moral Theory, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.
    From a review: This book brings together eleven papers on Kantian ethics which Thomas Hill wrote between 1971 and 1989. Nine of the eleven deal quite directly with the exegesis of Kantian texts on moral philosophy or the critical exposition of parts of… More
  • The Practice of Moral Judgment

    - Herman, Barbara, The Practice of Moral Judgment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. P., 1993.
    From the publisher: “Barbara Herman argues for a radical shift in the way we perceive Kant’s ethics. She convincingly reinterprets the key texts, at once allowing Kant to mean what he says while showing that what Kant says makes good moral sense.… More
  • The Unity of Reason

    - Nieman, S., The Unity of Reason, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
    From the publisher: The Unity of Reason is the first major study of Kant’s account of reason. It argues that Kant’s wide-ranging interests and goals can only be understood by redirecting attention from epistemological questions of his work to… More
  • Kant and the Experience of Freedom: Essays on Aesthetics and Morality

    - Paul Guyer, Kant and the Experience of Freedom: Essays on Aesthetics and Morality, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
    Excerpt: ” In the present work I want to suggest that counts conception of the full range of natural and appropriate responses to at static objects, whether works of art were beauties of nature, does indeed go beyond the narrow formalism which is, to be… More
  • Creating The Kingdom of Ends

    - Korsgaard, C.,Creating The Kingdom of Ends, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
    Excerpt: “For Immanuel Kant  the  death of  speculative metaphysics and the birth of the rights of man were not independent events. Together they constitute the resolution of the Enlightenment debates about the scope and power of reason. In the… More
  • Kant’s Ethical Thought

    - Wood, A., Kant's Ethical Thought. New York: Cambridge U. P., 1999.
    Excerpt: “Because the Enlightenment still influences the course of things, Kant’s ethical thoughts is the (direct or indirect) source of much that is now standard in normative theories and ethics, political philosophy, and public policy. Many… More
  • Kant’s Impure Ethics

    - Louden, Robert, Kant's Impure Ethics. New York: Oxford U. Press, 2000.
    From the publisher: This is the first book-length study in any language to examine in detail and critically assess the second part of Kant’s ethics–an empirical, impure part, which determines how best to apply pure principles to the human… More
  • Selected Essays on Kant

    - Selected Essays on Kant (Series: North American Kant Society Studies in Philosophy), H. Robinson (ed.), Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2002.
    From the publisher: The North American Kant Society was founded at the Sixth International Kant Congress, held at Pennsylvania State University in 1985. Lewis White Beck did not attend the congress, but his presence was felt throughout. In the years that… More
  • Kant’s System of Nature and Freedom

    - Guyer, Paul, Kant's System of Nature and Freedom, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
    Excerpt: “Was Kant a systematic philosopher? This is not an easy question to answer. Although he certainly borrowed many aspects of the outward organization of his critical philosophy from his great predecessor Christian Wolff, who covered all of the… More
  • Kant on the Human Standpoint

    - Longuenesse, B., Kant on the Human Standpoint, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
    From the publisher: Béatrice Longuenesse considers the three aspects of Kant’s philosophy, his epistemology and metaphysics of nature, moral philosophy, and aesthetic theory, under one unifying standpoint: Kant’s conception of our capacity to… More
  • A Companion to Kant

    - Bird, Graham (ed.),  A Companion to Kant, Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
    From the publisher: “This Companion provides an authoritative survey of the whole range of Kant’s work, giving readers an idea of its immense scope, its extraordinary achievement, and its continuing ability to generate philosophical interest.… More
  • Kant by Paul Guyer

    - P. Guyer, Kant, London and New York: Routledge, 2006,
    From the publisher: Paul Guyer uses Kant’s central conception of autonomy as the key to all the major aspects and issues of Kant’s thought. Beginning with a helpful overview of Kant’s life and times, Guyer introduces Kant’s metaphysics and… More
  • Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary

    - Timmermann, Jens, Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
    From the publisher: “The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals is Kant’s central contribution to moral philosophy, and has inspired controversy ever since it was first published in 1785. Kant champions the insights of ‘common human… More
  • Kant and the Limits of Autonomy by Susan Shell

    - Shell, Susan Meld, Kant and the Limits of Autonomy, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2009.
    From the publisher: Autonomy for Kant is not just a synonym for the capacity to choose, whether simple or deliberative. It is what the word literally implies: the imposition of a law on one’s own authority and out of one’s own rational resources. In Kant… More
  • ‘Observations’ and ‘Remarks’: A Critical Guide

    - Shell, Susan and Velkley, Richard. Kant's 'Observations' and 'Remarks': A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
    From the publisher: Kant’s Observations of 1764 and Remarks of 1764-1765 (a set of fragments written in the margins of his copy of the Observations) document a crucial turning point in his life and thought. Both reveal the growing importance for him of… More