Analytic Philosophy

G.E. Moore

What was G.E. Moore’s common sense philosophy?

Moore made a distinction between what philosophers claim and what ordinary people believe. He wrote:

I do not think that the world or the sciences would ever have suggested to me any philosophical problems. What has suggested philosophical problems to me is things which other philosophers have said about the world or the sciences.

His own philosophical approach was to analyze concepts or the meanings of words by determining the difference between any one concept “before the mind” or under consideration as an object of thought, and other concepts. In his writing, Moore demonstrated a methodical and thorough style of analysis. It was this calm, painstaking clarity that established his philosophical stature in the twentieth century.


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