G. E. Moore was one of the most interesting and influential philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. This selection of his writings makes the best of his work once again available, and also includes previously unpublished writings.
Moore's first published writings, represented in this collection by his papers "The Nature of Judgment" and "The Refutation of Idealism," contributed decisively to the break with idealism which led to the development of analytic philosophy. Moore went on to develop his own style, which combined a defense of the common sense view of the world with a controversial analysis of the content of this view. Also included is Moore's famous "Proof of an External World," which marked a return late in his career to the critique of idealism. Other papers address perception and important issues in logical theory.
The collection ends with three new pieces which illustrate Moore's relationship with Wittgenstein. In these pieces Moore discusses his "paradox" which so fascinated Wittgenstein; the nature of our knowledge of our own sensations; and Malcolm's views about doubt and knowledge which were themselves inspired by Wittgenstein.
"This is a well chosen selection of the writings of a great philosopher of common sense. His defense of common sense was a twentieth century development of the tradition of John Locke and Thomas Reid. Moore added a dimension of analytical acuteness and precision to the defense, however, that was previously unknown and remains unexcelled. His clear and profound analyses are a monument to the power of the human mind to understand itself, the external world, and relation of one to the other. As we turn to a new century, we may observe the philosophical pretensions of our time and turn to common sense, to Moore, to free us from them, just as he freed us in this century from the errors of the last. We may thus freed find the way to truth."
-Keith Lehrer, University of Arizona
|The Nature of Judgment||p. 1|
|Truth and Falsity||p. 20|
|The Refutation of Idealism||p. 23|
|Hume's Theory Examined||p. 59|
|External and Internal Relations||p. 79|
|A Defence of Common Sense||p. 106|
|Is Existence a Predicate?||p. 134|
|Proof of an External World||p. 147|
|Being Certain That One Is in Pain||p. 197|
|Moore's Paradox||p. 207|
|Letter to Malcolm||p. 213|
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Series: Routledge Natural Environment--Problems and Management Serie
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 23rd September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1