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G. E. Moore

  • Moore said that good is a simple, unanalysable property, just as a primary colour is. 
  • the right acts are those that produce the most good 
    • Goodness however, cannot be identified with some natural property such as pleasure: 'goodness cannot be defined'
    • 'Good is good and that is the end of the matter... it cannot be defined and that is all I have to say about it' (Moore, Principa Ethica)
    • Moore said we cannot use our senses to tell whether something is good but we can use our moral intuition
    • we can still say whether a moral statement is true or false
    • We recognise goodness when we see it - yet we cannot define it 
    • We have an innate sense of what is good which Moore calls a 'simple notion' 
    • e.g. 'we know what yellow is and can recognise it... but we cannot actually define yellow' (Moore, Principa Ethica)

H. A. Prichard 

  • No defintion can be given to the moral claim 'ought' 
  • like Moore's idea about 'good', we all recognise it's properties
    • everyone recognises when we ought to do a certain action, so moral obligations are obvious
  • Prichard thought there are two…


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