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The Routledge Guidebook to Moore's Principia Ethica

ISBN 9781138818491
Published November 17, 2021 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

G.E. Moore’s Principia Ethica is a landmark publication in twentieth-century moral philosophy. Through focusing on the origin and evolution of his main doctrines, this guidebook makes it clear that Moore was an innovator whose provocative take on traditional philosophical problems ignited heated debates among philosophers. Principia Ethica is an important text for those attempting to understand and engage with some major philosophical debates in ethics today.

The Routledge Guidebook to Moore's Principia Ethica provides a comprehensive introduction to this historic text, examining key Moorean themes including:

  • ethical non-naturalism
  • the naturalistic fallacy
  • the Open Question Argument
  • moral ontology and epistemology
  • ideal utilitarianism
  • vindictive punishment and organicity
  • moral intuition for epistemic justification in ethics
  • theory of value

Ideal for anyone wanting to understand and gain perspective on Moore’s seminal work, the book is essential reading for students of moral philosophy, metaethics, normative ethics, philosophical analysis, and related fields.

Table of Contents


1. Life and Work (with Gary Seay)

2. Principia Ethica in Its Context (with Gary Seay)

3. Philosophy of Ethics

4. Moral Language and Thought

5. The Open Question Argument (with Gary Seay)

6. The Naturalistic Fallacy (with Gary Seay)

7. Moral Knowledge

8. Moral Properties and Truths

9. Intrinsic Value

10. Moral Obligation

11. Normative Ethics and Theory of Value

Epilogue: The Legacy of G. E. and Principia Ethica.



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Susana Nuccetelli is Professor of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University, USA. Her most recent book is An Introduction to Latin American Philosophy (2020), and she is the author of Engaging Bioethics: An Introduction with Case Studies (with Gary Seay, Routledge, 2017) among other works.