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Ethics : the nature of moral philosophy

Author: G E Moore; William H Shaw
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2010.
Series: British moral philosophers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"G.E. Moore was a central figure in twentieth-century philosophy. Along with Russell and Wittgenstein, he pioneered analytic philosophy, and his Principia Ethica shaped the contours of twentieth-century ethics. Indeed, until the publication of Rawls's A Theory of Justice, no single book in moral philosophy was to equal Principia's influence. Unfortunately, however, Principia Ethica has so dominated critical
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G E Moore; William H Shaw
ISBN: 0199272018 9780199272013 019927200X 9780199272006
OCLC Number: 955330540
Description: xliii, 174 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Utilitarianism --
Utilitarianism (concluded) --
The objectivity of moral judgements --
The objectivity of moral judgements (concluded) --
Results the test of right and wrong --
Free will --
Intrinsic value.
Series Title: British moral philosophers.
Responsibility: G.E. Moore ; edited by William H. Shaw.
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"G.E. Moore was a central figure in twentieth-century philosophy. Along with Russell and Wittgenstein, he pioneered analytic philosophy, and his Principia Ethica shaped the contours of twentieth-century ethics. Indeed, until the publication of Rawls's A Theory of Justice, no single book in moral philosophy was to equal Principia's influence. Unfortunately, however, Principia Ethica has so dominated critical discussions of Moore's work that even experts on his moral philosophy have tended to ignore his Ethics, which he published eight years later. But Ethics (1912) is Moore's only other book on moral philosophy, and one of only a handful of post-Principia publications dealing with ethics.

Its detailed discussions of utilitarianism, free will, and the objectivity of moral judgements find no real counterpart in Principia while its account of right and wrong and of the nature of intrinsic value deepen our understanding of his moral philosophy. The republication of Ethics thus rounds out our understanding of Moore's ethical thought. But the book's value goes beyond its historical or scholarly interest. A short but philosophically rich text, Ethics stands independent of Principia and repays careful study in its own right. By raising a number of fundamental questions in ethics, questions that remain live today, by proffering clear, credible, and often innovative answers to them, and by doing so with a philosophical skill that is still impressive, Moore's short book is a minor classic.

Almost a century after its original publications, it still amply rewards those who read it." "This new edition of Moore's Ethics includes his essay 'The nature of Moral Philosophy' as well as editorial notes, an introduction, and a guide to further reading."--Jacket.

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