The Project Gutenberg EBook of Principia Ethica, by George Edward Moore This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere in the United States and most other. A philosopher’s philosopher, G. E. Moore was the idol of the Bloomsbury group, and Lytton Strachey declared that Principia Ethica marked the rebirth of the Age. Relational Autonomy in Informed Consent as an Ethics of Care Approach to the Concept of Informed I. Osuji – – Medicine, Health Care and.

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I’m not a big fan of ethical Georgge comments refer to the new paperback edition of this text exclusively, which is affordable and nicely printed. I’m not a big fan of ethical theory, but G. Moore’s text is so highly regarded that I felt compelled to read it. It was definitely worth my time. This is one of the most important texts in the field of ethical theory and metaethics that probably has ethic written in modern time.

Moore is a clear thinker, a good writer, and at times even deeply profound. I don’t know if I’d recommend this text to someone with absolutely no background in ethics, but just about anyone else etuica profit from reading it.

Principia Ethica is a significant philosophical work of G. Moore has presented an new etnica of ethics, from both the descriptive and meta-ethical approach that tries to define what we mean by the “good”. Moore’s contention is that the term “Good” cannot be defined because it refers to simple constituent property rather than a complex rpincipia of predicative properties.


The term “Good” then is similar to the color “yellow” since yellow does refers to a simple perceptual experience; to say that yellow refers to complex wave-lengths of light is to commit a naturalistic fallacy since yellow simply refers to our simple experience.

Likewise to say that the “good” involves pleasure, duty, and other complex concepts is to commit a naturalistic fallacy. Moore’s criticism against naturalistic hedonism, metaphysical ethics, social darwinism, utilitarianism, etc are all applications of his contention that the “good” is a simple concept.

These criticisms tend to be very analytical, not only in terms of the concepts but by presenting them in terms of premises and analyzing the way they used words. Rpincipia approach may not be new, but it is emphasized by G.

Moore in its application to Ethics. Bertrand Russell, Whitehead, and Wittgenstein have already innovated this approach on logic, but G. Moore applied it on Efhica or Meta-Ethics and I think this is what made his approach significant in the history of feorge philosophy.

While I did enjoyed the book, I find it overly methodological. His own stance on ethics is interesting in the sense that he tried to fuse deontology with utilitarianism, but this form of morality is very much like a situational ethics. It appears that my duty is simply based on the possible consequences that occurs from this situation, and G.

Moore admits that we cannot always know the consequences in every circumstances.

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What he proposed is that there are general situations in which we can know the likelihood of the consequences, but things are not as clear cut in that way. I don’t recall this for sure, but the impression that I get is that he hasn’t really defined what this general circumstances are. His approach to ethics is very analytically, which if fine, but I always felt that this approach lacked the substance of ethical concern. Perhaps I need to re-read the book again to re-evaluate my opinions on G.

Moore’s Principia Ethica, and I admit that I have not always thoroughly read this. I will, however, say that any philosophy student of ethics should geoge this since this is the very book that shaped how we talk about ethics today.

It maybe very dull princpia boring I must admit, there are some very dull partsbut it is nonetheless the kind of book that will introduce you to descriptive meta-ethics. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A classic of 20th century moral philosophy.

I’ve always been more attracted to Moore’s positions and conclusions the place of intuition in judging what is good, the high opinion he has for friendship and shared appreciation of art among friends having similar tastes than I have been especially to his methodology considered on its own.


Moore teaches clear thinking and clear writing especially well. Originally published inPrincipia Ethica by G. Moore is a classic of twentieth century philosophy.

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Aside from being an influential ethical etjica the author principiia also one of the founding fathers of the modern analytic tradition. In Principia Ethica Moore consider some of the broadest and most vexing ethical questions. What is the good? What things or actions are good? And how should we live? The book provides a detailed discussion of Moore’s so called naturalistic fallacy the challenge of defining good in any meaningful way.

A brief review of the historic context of a work is often helpful in understanding its focus and objective. In the present case Moore is reacting too the broad speculative philosophy popular at the outset of the last century stemming in significant part from Hegel and his followers. In regard to background reading the first of Scott Soames’ excellent 2-volume Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century has a couple of excellent chapters on Moore that may be helpful.

Much early analytic philosophy has been challenged. Despite their shortcomings, however, we must admire greats like Moore, Russell and Wittgenstein and their attempts to develop comprehensive philosophical models.

In our pgincipia era of specialization these types of holistic worldviews are extremely rare. Although there is much of worth is Moore’s work, perhaps his mkore his most enduring observation is that philosophic constructs do not trump common sense pre-philosophic views, e.

I agree with Moore that this is an essential consideration to keep in mind when considering some of the more counter-intuitive philosophical theories Overall, this is a must read for any student. This version is solid, however, the older style print is a minor drawback. A must read for edsard fans or students.

It is edwward to 20th century Ethical discussion. I am frankly suprised that it is no longer required reading. See all 27 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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