Week 13 - Groundwork I

This week we start our discussion of Kant’s moral theory. We’ll discuss the aims and structure of the Groundwork and then move on to section one and Kant’s notion of a “good will”, acting in accordance with a maxim, and his related theory of obligation.



  • What does Kant think the science of morality/ethics concerns?
  • Why do we need a metaphysics of morals?
  • What is the aim of the Groundwork?
  • What is a ’maxim’?
  • Why is a good will good?
  • What is the relationship between acting from duty/obligation and acting morally?