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Moore's Appeal To Common Sense1

  • Alan R. White (a1)

I believe that Moore's appeal to common sense has been misunder-stood both by his defenders and his critics. Besides the mistakes of the latter, there is one enormous howler which, in my opinion, the former have committed. This is to confuse or coalesce two quite distinct appeals which he made, namely the appeal to common sense and the appeal to ordinary language.

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I list only the items referred to in my article; a full bibliography is given in The Philosophy of G. E. Moore (1942, second edition in 1952) edited by Schilpp P. A. (Tudor Publishing Company, New York).
1900Necessity”. Mind, IX, pp. 289304.
1901a “Identity”. P.A.S., I, pp. 103–27. (P.A.S. = Proceedings of the Aris-totelian Society.)
1901b “The value of religion”. Inter. Journ. of Ethics, XII, pp. 8198.
1902a “Mr. McTaggart's ‘Studies in Hegelian Cosmology’”. P.A.S., II, pp. 177214.
1902b Baldwin 's Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology.
1903a Principia Ethica. Cambridge.
1903c “Mr. McTaggart's Ethics.” Intern. Journ. of Ethics, XIII, pp. 341–70.
1905The nature and reality of objects of perception”. P.A.S., VI, pp. 68127.
1909a Hume's Philosophy in The New Quarterly (pagination from Philo-sophical Studies, 1922).
1910 Some main problems of philosophy (published in 1953). London.
1912 Ethics. London.
1914The status of sense-data”. P.A.S., XIV, pp. 355–80.
1917a “Are the materials of sense affections of the mind?P.A.S., XVII, pp. 418–29.
1918Some judgements of perception”. P.A.S., XIX, pp. 129.
1919a “Is there ‘knowledge by acquaintance’?P.A.S., Suppl. II, pp. 179–93.
1919b “External and internal relations”. P.A.S., XX, pp. 4062.
1921The character of cognitive acts”. P.A.S., XXI, pp. 132–40.
1925 “A defence of common sense” (Contemporary British Philosophy II), London.
1926The nature of sensible appearances”. P.A.S., Suppl. VI, pp. 179–89.
1929Indirect Knowledge”. P.A.S., Suppl. IX, pp. 1950.
1939Proof of an external world”. Proc. Brit. Acad., XXV, pp. 273—300.
1942 “Autobiography and reply to critics”. (The Philosophy of G. E. Moore). Evanston.
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