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G. E. Moore's Ethical Theory
Resistance and Reconciliation

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037822

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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 20th century. Moore's ethical project, set out in his seminal text the 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, showing Moore's ethical work to be much richer and more sophisticated than his critics have acknowledged.

    • A comprehensive study of Moore's ethics, hitherto undervalued
    • Cambridge publishes Moore's principle ethical work (Principia Ethica)
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    "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

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    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037822
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.352kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: irony, naïveté and Moore
    1. Simplicity, indefinability, non-naturalness
    2. Good's non-naturalness
    3. The paradox of ethics and its resolution
    4. The status of ethics: dimming the future and brightening the past
    5. The origin of the awareness of good and the theory of common sense
    6. Moore's argument against egoism
    7. The diagnosis of egoism and the consequences of its rejection
    8. Moore's practical and political philosophy
    9. Moore's cosmic conservatism
    10. Cosmic conservatism II
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Brian Hutchinson, University of Iowa

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