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Ethics in the Analytic Tradition

John Deigh

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545971.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Ethics in the Analytic Tradition

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the emergence of the analytic movement in British philosophy. It highlights G. E. Moore's two most influential works, ‘The Refutation of Idealism’ and Principia Ethica, both of which were seminal contributions to the analytic movement that he and Bertrand Russell initiated. Both feature the realist doctrine and the method of decompositional analysis that are the hallmarks of Moore's early philosophy. The discussions then turn to Moore's views about moral philosophy and Henry Sidgwick; John Cook Wilson, the most influential realist at Oxford; meta-ethics; and postwar ethics.

Keywords: British philosophy; ethical theory; analytic movement; G. E. Moore; Bertrand Russell; John Cook Wilson; moral philosophy; Henry Sidgwick

Article.  15427 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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