G. E. Moore: A Critical Exposition

G. E. Moore: A Critical Exposition

G. E. Moore: A Critical Exposition

G. E. Moore: A Critical Exposition

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The author emphasizes Moore's contributions to philosophy and discusses his appeals to common sense and to ordinary language and his concept of the theory of meaning. This is followed by a close examination of the method of analysis. The application of the method is then illustrated in chapters on Moore's ethics and on his views on visual perception.

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In preparing what I believe to be the first full-length study of Moore's work, I have not hesitated to seek the advice and criticisms of a host of fellow-philosophers. I have been touched by the generosity with which they have given me of their time and ideas, even when I was unknown to them. For reading and criticising some one chapter or another of my typescript I gladly thank E. J. Furlong, D. W. Hamlyn, Stuart Hampshire, R. M. Hare, T. E. Jessop, P. H. Nowell-Smith, A. M. Quinton, J. O. Urmson, and G. Westby. To Mr. Peter Geach and Prof. Gilbert Ryle, both of whom read the entire book and made numerous detailed criticisms and suggestions, I owe an enormous debt.

In the whole course of my work on Moore, as well as in some earlier work on Logical Analysis, I have had the guidance of Prof. A. J. Ayer, whose kindness and patience have never failed me. Finally, I would like to thank my friend Mr. W. V. Denard, who in this as in all my work has been my most constant and acute critic.

No one is more conscious than the author of how much this book would have benefited from the criticisms of its subject, Prof. Moore; but I did not think that the mere fact that I had chosen to write about his philosophical opinions gave me, a total stranger, any right to encroach on the privacy of his retirement.

July 1958.

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