Moores Paradox: New Essays on Belief, Rationality, and the First Person

Hardcover | February 11, 2007

EditorMitchell S. Green, John N. Williams

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G. E. Moore famously observed that to assert, 'I went to the pictures last Tuesday but I don't believe that I did' would be 'absurd'. Moore calls it a 'paradox' that this absurdity persists despite the fact that what I say about myself might be true. Over half a century later, such sayingscontinue to perplex philosophers and other students of language, logic, and cognition. Ludwig Wittgenstein was fascinated by Moore's example, and the absurdity of Moore's saying was intensively discussed in the mid-20th century. Yet the source of the absurdity has remained elusive, and itsrecalcitrance has led researchers in recent decades to address it with greater care. In this definitive treatment of the problem of Moorean absurdity Green and Williams survey the history and relevance of the paradox and leading approaches to resolving it, and present new essays by leading thinkers in the area. ContributorsJonathan Adler, Bradley Armour-Garb, Jay D. Atlas, Thomas Baldwin, Claudio de Almeida, Andre Gallois, Robert Gordon, Mitchell Green, Alan Hajek, Roy Sorensen, John Williams

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G. E. Moore famously observed that to assert, 'I went to the pictures last Tuesday but I don't believe that I did' would be 'absurd'. Moore calls it a 'paradox' that this absurdity persists despite the fact that what I say about myself might be true. Over half a century later, such sayingscontinue to perplex philosophers and other stu...

Mitchell S. Green is at the University of Virginia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:February 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928279X

ISBN - 13:9780199282791

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction and Historical ContextMitchell Green and John Williams: IntroductionRoy Sorensen: The All-Seeing Eye: A History of Moore's ParadoxII. Moore's Paradox and KnowledgeClaudio de Almeida: Moorean Absurdity: An Epistemological AnalysisThomas Baldwin: The Normative Character of BeliefJohn Williams: Moore's Paradoxes, Evans's Principle and Iterated BeliefIII. Moore's Paradox, Belief, and AssertionJay D. Atlas: What Reflexive Pronouns Tell Us about Belief - A New Moore's Paradox De Se, Rationality, and Privileged AccessJonathan Adler and Bradley Armour-Garb: Moore's Paradox and the Transparency of BeliefIV. Moore's Paradox and ConsciousnessAndre Gallois: Consciousness, Reasons, and Moore's ParadoxMitchell Green: Moorean Absurdity and Showing What's WithinV. Arguments from Moore's ParadoxAlan Hajek: My Philosophical Position Says 'p' and I Don't Believe 'p'Robert Gordon: Moorean Pretence

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"This volume from Green and Williams is an extremely helpful source of material with which to begin assessing attempts either to understand or to solve the Moorean paradox."--Stephen Hetherington, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews