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G. E. Moore's Ethical Theory : Resistance and Reconciliation - Brian Hutchinson

G. E. Moore's Ethical Theory

Resistance and Reconciliation

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Published: 28th May 2012
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This is the first comprehensive study of the ethics of G. E. Moore, the most important English-speaking ethicist of the twentieth century. Moore's ethical project, set out in his seminal text Principia Ethica, is to preserve common moral insight from skepticism and, in effect, persuade his readers to accept the objective character of goodness. Brian Hutchinson explores Moore's arguments in detail and in the process relates the ethical thought to Moore's anti-skeptical epistemology. Moore was, without perhaps fully realizing it, skeptical about the very enterprise of philosophy itself, and in this regard, as Brian Hutchinson reveals, was much closer in his thinking to Wittgenstein than has been previously realized. This book shows Moore's ethical work to be much richer and more sophisticated than his critics have acknowledged.

"Hutchinson writes with grace and flair. His judgments of Moore are penetrating and thoughtful, neither adulatory nor inimical. The book is an important contribution to the current literature in ethics. It would be an excellent "companion" for readers of Moore. One hopes that the publisher plans a paperbound edition." International Studies in Philosophy "This book is one of the best on the history of ethics -- and arguably, on ethical theory more generally--to appear in many years. Readers should consider whether either of these two statements is even an understatement." Review of Metaphysics

Introduction: irony, na”vet© and Moore
Simplicity, indefinability, non-naturalness
Good's non-naturalness
The paradox of ethics and its resolution
The status of ethics: dimming the future and brightening the past
The origin of the awareness of good and the theory of common sense
Moore's argument against egoism
The diagnosis of egoism and the consequences of its rejection
Moore's practical and political philosophy
Moore's cosmic conservatism
Cosmic conservatism II
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521800556
ISBN-10: 0521800552
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 28th May 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44