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Moore's Proof

Ernest Sosa

in Reflective Knowledge

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199217250
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217250.003.0001
Moore's Proof

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This chapter discusses G. E. Moore's legendary proof, and the epistemology that lies behind it. Written out as an argument, the proof is as follows: H-external: Here is a hand. Hands are external objects. Therefore, there is at least one external object. Moore contends that his argument satisfies three conditions for being a proof. First, the premises are all different from the conclusion. Second, the conclusion follows logically from the premises. Third, the argument's purveyor knows his premises to be true.

Keywords: Moore; external objects; proof

Chapter.  6273 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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