Roberto Mordacci

Back to Realism. George Edward Moore and Neo-Intuitionism

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Keywords: Intuitionism; Neo-Intuitionism; G.E. Moore; Realism; Metaethics.

Metaethics in the twentieth century has been heavily influenced by G.E. Moore's "Principia Ethica", mainly as a reaction to his version of moral realism. The idea of unanalysable moral properties has been repeatedly criticized and yet a number of authors in the recent literature have proposed new versions of a kind of moral realism inspired by Moore's perspective. These ideas are discussed here, pointing out that they all share a return to realism but that they still offer a rather «passive» account of practical reason. The present resurgence of neo-intuitionism seems interesting as a development of Moore's ideas but still unable to face the challenge of moral realism.

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