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Single Idea 8033

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / a. Idealistic ethics]

Full Idea

Moore's account leaves it entirely unexplained and inexplicable why something's being good should ever furnish us with a reason for action.

Gist of Idea

Moore cannot show why something being good gives us a reason for action


comment on G.E. Moore (Principia Ethica [1903]) by Alasdair MacIntyre - A Short History of Ethics Ch.18

Book Reference

MacIntyre,Alasdair: 'A Short History of Ethics' [Routledge 1967], p.252

A Reaction

The same objection can be raised to Plato's Form of the Good, but Plato's answer seems to be that the Good is partly a rational entity, and partly that the Good just has a natural magnetism that makes it quasi-religious.