- Hardcover: 708 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Oct. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521371031
- ISBN-13: 978-0521371032
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Practical Philosophy (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant) Hardcover – 28 Oct 1996
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'… beautifully produced and contains a wealth of editorial material of scholarly, historical, and philosophical kinds.' British Journal of the History of Philosophy
The purpose of the Cambridge Edition is to offer translations of the best modern German edition of Kant's work in a uniform format suitable for Kant scholars. This 1997 book was the first English translation of all of Kant's writings on moral and political philosophy collected in a single volume.
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There is, however, one thing that I, as a student of philosophy, found troubling about this edition--it lacks adequate indexs. Don't get me wrong, it has indexes, but they are not nearly complete enough.
If you need a convenient, relatively light-weight volume of Kant's ethical writings, go for this edition. But if you are interested in in depth analysis of any of the texts, I'd go for the editions pubilished in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy set. The indexes here are much, much more complete. These editions also include thorough and detailed introductions but such respected Kant scholars as Christine Korsgaard and Roger Sullivan.
Furthermore, the inclusion of The Metaphysics of Morals in its entirety ought to alleviate a certain one-sidedness in most treatments of Kant in introductory survey courses of the history of moral/political philosophy. These courses typically concentrate on the Grounding and the shorter essays--understandably so, given time contraints. Occasionally the Second Critique will be touched upon. Nor is this one-sidedness confined to survey or even advanced undergraduate courses. I have taken three graduate seminars on Kant and one on German Idealism in three departments at two different universities, and not once did I ever read The Metaphysics of Morals in its entirety. The student who wishes to gain a complete picture of Kant will be glad to have this important work included.
The convenience of having good translations of foundational works, unabridged and collected in a single volume, cannot be overstated. Every serious student of Kant, German Idealism, or moral or practical philosophy ought to own this book.