Write a brief description of George Moore's "Moral Actor View."

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chimeric eNotes educator| Certified Educator

George Moore, in his Principa Ethica makes the argument that for an action to be ethical (thus moral) it must intentionally result in a good and ethical result, not only for the actor, but for the universe as a whole.

He states that:

"The value of a whole must not be assumed to be the same as the sum of the values of its parts" §18

So, basically he is of the viewpoint that the ends justify the means, because if "the addition of a bad thing to a good whole may increase the positive value of the whole" then the "good" result must be taken into account by the person acting, also termed a moral actor