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Karl Ameriks

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198841852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198841852.001.0001

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From A to B: On “Critique and Morals”

From A to B: On “Critique and Morals”

(p.36) 3 From A to B: On “Critique and Morals”
Kantian Subjects

Karl Ameriks

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an account of the transition from Kant’s publishing of the first edition (“A”) of his Critique of Pure Reason and his decision to focus on the topic of morals by suddenly writing a book called the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. The interpretation of this transition contrasts with the stress on Christian Garve in recent work by Eckart Förster, in a chapter called “Critique and Morals,” but it agrees with him about the significance in this era of the project of establishing philosophy as a science. A special emphasis is placed on Kant’s intense concern with absolute freedom during this period and with his desire to show that he can present a better account of the realms of “nature” and “grace” than can other philosophers.

Keywords:   Critique, Groundwork, metaphysics of morals, absolute freedom, nature, grace, philosophy as science, Eckart Förster, Christian Garve

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