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G.E. Moore
Selected Writings

ISBN 9780415862295
Published October 23, 2013 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

G.E. Moore, more than either Bertrand Russell or Ludwig Wittgenstein, was chiefly responsible for the rise of the analytic method in twentieth-century philosophy. This selection of his writings shows Moore at his very best.
The classic essays are crucial to major philosophical debates that still resonate today. Amongst those included are:
* A Defense of Common Sense
* Certainty
* Sense-Data
* External and Internal Relations
* Hume's Theory Explained
* Is Existence a Predicate?
* Proof of an External World
In addition, this collection also contains the key early papers in which Moore signals his break with idealism, and three important previously unpublished papers from his later work which illustrate his relationship with Wittgenstein.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Nature of Judgment; Chapter 2 Truth And Falsity; Chapter 3 The Refutation of Idealism; Chapter 4 Sense-Data; Chapter 5 Hume’s Theory Examined; Chapter 6 External and Internal Relations; Chapter 7 A Defence of Common Sense; Chapter 8 Is Existence a Predicate?; Chapter 9 Proof of an External World; Chapter 10 Certainty; Chapter 11 Being Certain that One is in Pain; Chapter 12 Moore’s Paradox; Chapter 13 Letter to Malcolm;

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Thomas Baldwin


'Moore was extremely clever ... He never dealt with trivial issues but only with matters of central philosophical importance. He never wrote for effect; he never tried to dazzle; his only concern was with the truth ... Baldwin's selection of writings seems to me admirable. They include many of his best and most characteristic things.' - Peter Strawson

'Moore added a dimension of analytical acuteness and precision to the defense of commom sense 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.' - Keith Lehrer, University of Arizona