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Immanuel Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, is an essential contribution to moral philosophy that lays out clearly and concisely the ideas and arguments, including the famous categorical imperative, that would shape Kant's later works.

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Immanuel Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, lays out Kant's essential philosophy and defines the concepts and arguments that would shape his later work. Central to Kant's doctrine is the categorical imperative, which he defines as a mandate that human actions should always conform to a universal, unchanging standard of rational morality. Directly opposed to utilitarian philosophy, Kant's theories have been broadly influential since their publication and stand as a seminal contribution to ethical thought. Although Kant expanded upon the ideas defined here in his later work, including the Critique of Pure Reason and the Metaphysics of Morals, it is in his Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals that they are communicated in their most clear, concise form. This edition is the translation by Thomas Kingsmill Abbott.

Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals

Author Immanuel Kant

Narrated by John Lee

Publication date Apr 26, 2011

Running time 4 hrs

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