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Single Idea 22302

[catalogued under 19. Language / D. Propositions / 3. Concrete Propositions]

Full Idea

Moore avoided the problematic correspondence between propositions and reality by identifying the former with the latter; the world consists of true propositions, and there is no difference between a true proposition and the fact that makes it true.

Gist of Idea

Moor bypassed problems of correspondence by saying true propositions ARE facts


report of G.E. Moore (The Nature of Judgement [1899]) by Michael Potter - The Rise of Analytic Philosophy 1879-1930 28 'Refut'

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'The Rise of Anaytic Philosophy 1879-1930' [Routledge 2020], p.183

A Reaction

This is "the most platonic system of modern times", he wrote (letter 14.8.1898). He then added platonist ethics. This is a pernicious and absurd doctrine. The obvious problem is that false propositions can be indistinguishable, but differ in ontology.

Related Ideas

Idea 22301 The Identity Theory says a proposition is true if it coincides with what makes it true [Potter]

Idea 22306 To explain false belief we should take belief as relating to a proposition's parts, not to the whole thing [Russell]