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THE NATURE OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY

G. E. Moore

in Ethics

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199272013
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199272018.003.0011

Series: British Moral Philosophers

THE NATURE OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY

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Originally published in 1922, Moore wrote this lecture for a broad audience. It makes a variety of general points about moral philosophy, moral obligation, and intrinsic value that help round out what he has to say in Ethics. In addition, the essay has an extended and intriguing discussion of the difference between ‘rules of duty’ and ‘rules’, and it provides a critique of attitudinal or subjective theories of ethics, which nicely restates and supplements Chapters 3 and 4 of Ethics.

Keywords: Aristotle; Ethics; ideal rules; intrinsic value; moral obligation; objectivity of duty; progress; Ten Commandments; virtue; Westermarck

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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