Review of G.E.Moore’s Ethical Theory by Brian Hutchinson [Book Review]

Charles R. Pigden
University of Otago
The history of philosophy can be seen either as a contribution to history or a contribution to philosophy or perhaps as a bit of both. Hutchinson fail on both counts. The book is bad: bad in itself (since it quite definitely ought not to be) and bad as a companion to Principia (since it sets students a bad example of slapdash, lazy and pretentious philosophizing and would tend to put them off reading Moore). As a conscientious reviewer I ploughed through every page and I have to say that I resented every minute of my life that I wasted on the book. Don’t waste any of yours.
Keywords History of Philosophy  Good  Naturalistic Fallacy  Open Question Argument  Moore  Bertrand Russell
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