David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):544-563 (2002)
Moore's 'Proof of an External World' has evoked a variety of responses from philosophers, including bafflement, indignation and sympathetic reconstruction. I argue that Moore should be understood as following Thomas Reid on a variety of points, both epistemological and methodological. Moreover, Moore and Reid are exactly right on all of these points. Hence what I present is a defence of Moore's 'Proof', as well as an interpretation. Finally, I argue that the Reid-Moore position is useful for resolving an issue that has recently received attention in epistemology, namely, how is it that one knows that one is not a brain in a vat?
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Stewart Cohen (2012). Does Practical Rationality Constrain Epistemic Rationality? [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (2):447-455.
Stewart Cohen (1988). How to Be a Fallibilist. Philosophical Perspectives 2:91-123.
Keith DeRose (2000). How Can We Know That We're Not Brains in Vats? Southern Journal of Philosophy 38 (S1):121-148.
John Greco (1995). Reid's Critique of Berkeley and Hume: What's the Big Idea? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (2):279-296.
John Haldane (2000). Thomas Reid. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 74 (3):317-344.
Citations of this work BETA
Peter Baumann (2009). Was Moore a Moorean? On Moore and Scepticism. European Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):181-200.
Similar books and articles
Wai-hung Wong (2006). Moore, the Skeptic, and the Philosophical Context. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2):271–287.
Ram Neta (2007). Fixing the Transmission: The New Mooreans. In Susana Nuccetelli & Gary Seay (eds.), Themes From G. E. Moore: New Essays in Epistemology and Ethics. Clarendon Press.
Ernest Sosa (1997). Reflective Knowledge in the Best Circles. Journal of Philosophy 94 (8):410-430.
Jonathan Schaffer (2005). Contrastive Knowledge. In Tamar Szabo Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Oxford Studies in Epistemology 1. Oxford University Press. 235.
Anthony Coleman (2012). G. E. Moore and Bad Faith. European Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):347-365.
Guy Fletcher (2008). 'Mill, Moore, and Intrinsic Value'. Social Theory and Practice 34 (4):517-32.
Paul Arthur Schilpp (1952). The Philosophy of G. E. Moore. New York, Tudor Pub. Co..
Charles Landesman (1999). Moore's Proof of an External World and the Problem of Skepticism. Journal of Philosophical Research 24:21-36.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads60 ( #32,544 of 1,692,986 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #47,646 of 1,692,986 )
How can I increase my downloads?