Prolegomena zu einer jeden künftigen Metaphysik,
die als Wissenschaft wird austretet können; [bound with:] Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten. Vierte Aufrage.Frankfurt and Leipzig: [no publisher,] 1794 Stock Code: 143993
Early editions of these two works, first published in 1783 and 1785 respectively, in a contemporary German binding, fresh and unrestored.
Kant wrote the first work, his Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, as a clarification of the Critique of Pure Reason, which he believed to have been widely misunderstood. It became one of Kant's most influential works and he incorporated much of it into the second edition of the Critique.
The second work, the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, was the first of Kant's mature works on moral philosophy, outlining the fundamental principles of morality based on his theory of the categorical imperative, the need to act as if your actions were the actions of all.
From the library, with posthumous bookplate to the front pastedown, of German politician Maximilian Joseph Pfeiffer (1875-1926). Pfeiffer served in the Reichstag intermittently from 1907 to 1924 as a member of the centrist Zentrumspartei, for which he was general secretary from 1918 to 1920. From 1912 he was librarian at the court and state library in Munich, and published various works.
2 works bound in 1 volume, octavo (189 x 114 mm). Contemporary German half sheep, brown calf label, smooth spine richly gilt to compartments, marbled sides and endpapers.
Some very minor pencilled annotations. Binding without wear, contents with some light browning and foxing; an excellent copy.
Warda 78 & 94.
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