G. E. Moore Analysis

Additional Reading

(Critical Survey of Ethics and Literature)

Ayer, Alfred Jules. Russell and Moore: The Analytical Heritage. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1971. Discusses G. E. Moore’s early Platonism, his theory of truth, his conception of philosophical analysis and its aims, and his defense of “common sense,” all in the clearest terms. Concludes by noting that, for Moore, philosophical problems are not only genuine but also capable of being solved.

Fratantaro, Sal. The Methodology of G. E. Moore. Brookfield, Vt.: Ashgate, 1998. This book aspires to see the range of Moore’s methodology by exploring its intricacy and richness.

Levy, Paul. G. E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979. Fascinating portrait of Moore as a philosopher and human being. Describes the “intellectual aristocracy” from which Moore descended, the milieu of the Apostles, Moore’s student years at Cambridge, his rise to an academic career, and the genesis and reception of Principia Ethica. For the general reader.

O’Connor, David. The Metaphysics of G. E. Moore. Dordrecht, Holland: D. Reidel, 1982. This work sets aside specifically ethical topics but is otherwise a comprehensive interpretation of Moore’s thought, suitable for undergraduates. Taking “Some Main Problems in Philosophy” as the centerpiece, O’Connor examines Moore’s work on the central problems of metaphysics, his consistent antiskepticism, and his epistemology.

Regan, Tom. Bloomsbury’s Prophet: G. E. Moore and the Development of His Moral Philosophy. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986. Discusses Moore’s development, as well as his role in the history of Bloomsbury and the powerful influence of Principia Ethica. Engaging for both the general reader and the specialist.

Shaw, William H. Moore on Right and Wrong: The Normative Ethics of G. E. Moore. Boston: Kluwer, 1995. An important reconstruction and examination of Moore’s normative theory.

Stroll, Avrum. Moore and Wittgenstein on Certainty. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. Wittgenstein’s On Certainty (1969) is a commentary on three of Moore’s greatest epistemological papers, though Moore had anticipated some of the issues as early as the 1930’s. Stroll presents a penetrating analysis of differing approaches to a set of fundamental epistemological problems, extended to current issues in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. For the advanced undergraduate.

Sylvester, Robert Peter. The Moral Philosophy of G. E. Moore. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990. Relates Moore’s epistemology to his ethics and illuminates Moore’s deep influence on twentieth century moral philosophy. Great scholarship, intelligible to undergraduates.