The Autonomy of Ethics: (i) Cudworth

Arthur N. Prior

in Logic and the Basis of Ethics

Published in print March 1963 | ISBN: 9780198241577
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680380 | DOI:
The Autonomy of Ethics: (i) Cudworth

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This chapter discusses Ralph Cudworth, a 17th-century writer who anticipated Professor Moore’s opinion that ‘good is indefinable’. Although Cudworth had a bad argument for this opinion, he still had a good argument against ethical naturalists who could not be quite consistent. This argument is further explored in this chapter and indications of how it was developed by later and clearer writers are provided.

Keywords: Ralph Cudworth; 17th century; Professor Moore; ethical naturalists; argument

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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