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Sign in Create an account. Syntax Advanced Search. About us. Editorial team. Dover Publications First published in , this volume revolutionized philosophy and forever altered the direction of ethical studies. Moore was the idol of the Bloomsbury group, and Lytton Strachey declared that Principia Ethica marked the rebirth of the Age of Reason.

Six chapters explore: the subject matter of ethics, naturalistic ethics, hedonism, metaphysical ethics, ethics in relation to conduct, and the ideal. Moore's simplicity of style and precise use of everyday language exercised an enormous influence on the development of analytic philosophy, and they contribute to the continuing resonance of his compelling arguments.

Moore in 20th Century Philosophy. Henry Sidgwick in 19th Century Philosophy. Edit this record. Mark as duplicate. Find it on Scholar. Request removal from index. Revision history. Configure custom resolver. Frank Jackson - - Oxford University Press. The Normativity of Rationality. The Value of Consciousness. Uriah Kriegel - - Analysis 79 3 Grounding: Necessary or Contingent? Kelly Trogdon - - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 4 What is Constructivism in Ethics and Metaethics?

Sharon Street - - Philosophy Compass 5 5 Moore, Normativity, and Intrinsic Value. Stephen Darwall - - Ethics 3 The Elements of Ethics. Moore - - Temple University Press. Ethics Dehumanized. Panayot Butchvarov - - Southern Journal of Philosophy 41 s Moore's Moral Philosophy. Thomas Hurka - - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Book Review:Principia Ethica. George Edward Moore. Mackenzie - - Ethics 14 3 The Fetishism of Morality.

Jonathan Ree - - The Philosophers' Magazine 48 48 Moore in the Middle. Thomas Hurka - - Ethics 3 Ethics: The Nature of Moral Philosophy. Added to PP index Total views 17, of 2,, Recent downloads 6 months 23 32, of 2,, How can I increase my downloads? Sign in to use this feature. Applied ethics. History of Western Philosophy. Normative ethics. Philosophy of biology. Philosophy of language. Philosophy of mind. Philosophy of religion. Science Logic and Mathematics.


Moore’s Moral Philosophy

Moore's Principia Ethica of is often considered a revolutionary work that set a new agenda for 20 th -century ethics. This historical view is, however, overstated. In metaethics Moore's non-naturalist position was close to that defended by Henry Sidgwick and other late 19 th -century philosophers such as Hastings Rashdall, Franz Brentano, and J. McTaggart; in normative ethics his ideal consequentialism likewise echoed views of Rashdall, Brentano, and McTaggart. But Principia Ethica presented its views with unusual vigor and force.


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Principia Ethica is a book by the British philosopher G. Moore , in which the author insists on the indefinability of "good" and provides an exposition of the naturalistic fallacy. Principia Ethica was influential, and Moore's arguments were long regarded as path-breaking advances in moral philosophy, though they have been seen as less impressive and durable than his contributions in other fields. Moore insists that "good" is indefinable, and provides an exposition of what he calls the "naturalistic fallacy. In Moore's view, right acts are those producing the most good. Principia Ethica was influential, [1] and helped to convince many people that claims about morality cannot be derived from statements of fact.


Principia Ethica

It appears to me that in Ethics, as in all other philosophical studies, the difficulties and disagreements, of which its history is full, are mainly due to a very simple cause: namely to the attempt to answer questions, without first discovering precisely what question it is which you desire to answer. I do not know how far this source of error would be done away, if philosophers would try to discover what question they were asking, before they set about to answer it; for the work of analysis and distinction is often very difficult: we may often fail to make the necessary discovery, even though we make a definite attempt to do so. But I am inclined to think that in many cases a resolute attempt would be sufficient to ensure success; so that, if only this attempt were made, many of the most glaring difficulties and disagreements in philosophy would disappear. At all events, philosophers seem, in general, not to make the attempt; and, whether in consequence of this omission or not, they are constantly endeavouring to prove that 'Yes' or 'No' will answer questions, to which neither answer is correct, owing to the fact that what they have before their minds is not one question, but several, to some of which the true answer is 'No,' to others 'Yes. I have tried in this book to distinguish clearly two kinds of question, which moral philosophers have always professed to. An unknown error has occurred.



Principia Ethica. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Moore defines ethics as an inquiry into what is good, including what is good in human conduct. Moore shows how false premises about the way in which good is to be defined can lead to false conclusions about ethical conduct.

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