Practical Reason and Morality: A Study of Immanuel Kant's Foundations for the Metaphysics of Morals

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METHODS OF REFERENCE TO THE TEXT

As the pagination of the Prussian Academy edition is common to the two most recent translations, and as the Prussian Academy edition supersedes the Rosenkranz and Schubert edition, the Prussian Academy pagination alone has been given in the following discussion. With both the Prussian Academy's and Cassirer's editions already in the field, it seems unlikely that, however desirable it may be, the pagination of the second edition used by H. J. Paton will become standard. What is required above all is a standard method of reference to Kant's works comparable to the Stephanus or Bekker pagination of Plato and Aristotle.

The system of reference to the text by paragraph numbers is based on the paragraphing of the Prussian Academy edition. In order to make use of this system, which is essential to close analysis, the reader must be prepared to spend ten minutes with a pencil numbering the paragraphs of each Section and the Preface as follows:

PrefaceParagraphs 1 to 14
Section IParagraphs 1 to 22
Section IIParagraphs 1 to 90
Section IIIParagraphs 1 to 35

Whereas among the above translators H. J. Paton alone respects Kant's paragraphing, T. K. Abbott, Manthey- Zorn, and L. W. Beck have adopted different systems of paragraphing. It is therefore necessary to add a note indicating where they have deviated.

Preface. All four translators agree in giving the same fourteen paragraphs.

Section I . Manthey-Zorn follows the Prussian Academy edition. Abbott gives 21 paragraphs by failing to begin a new paragraph on page 402 with the words 'Let the

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