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Ethics: and "The Nature of Moral Philosophy"

G. E. Moore and William H. Shaw


This book is a new edition of G.E. Moore’s Ethics, originally published in 1912. In it, Moore analyzes the utilitarian account of right and wrong in great detail, defending the doctrine that results are the test of right and wrong while rejecting utilitarianism’s hedonistic value theory. The book argues at length against attitudinal accounts of right and wrong, which threaten to undermine the objectivity or moral judgements. It also has important things to say about intrinsic value, free will, the motives of actions, and many other topics. Although Moore’s 1903 Principia Ethica has overshadowe ... More

Keywords: criterion of right, intrinsically good, pleasure, pain, total consequences, voluntary actions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199272018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. E. Moore, author
(1873-1958) Trinity College Cambridge

William H. Shaw, editor
San Jose State University, California
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