naturalistic fallacy

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naturalistic fallacy

n
(Philosophy) the supposed fallacy of inferring evaluative conclusions from purely factual premises. Compare Hume's law, non-naturalism
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Moore was then developing a radical system of ethics, later to be published as his Principia Ethica. His preparation for this work was discussed by brilliant young students who later were to have a profound effect on British intellectual life in the arts, literature, and mathematics--students who were willing to discard the Victorian ethics in which they had been raised in favor of Moore's system that challenged everything.
Moore's Principia Ethica (1903) as he received it with his friends in the famous secret society, the Apostles: 'its effect on us, and the talk which preceded it and followed it, dominated, and perhaps still dominate, everything else' (Keynes 1971 [1949]: 435).
The initial chapter on Moore's Principia Ethica should be of considerable use to students and scholars of the period, since this text is not frequently given the kind of close analysis Wolfe provides, despite functioning as a kind of Bible to Bloomsbury writers for its transcendent valuation of friendship and art as things that exemplify "good in itself in a high degree." Wolfe, impressively, makes sense of Moore's complicated treatise not by falsely resolving the gaps or idiosyncracies in its construction, but rather by fully revealing the tension between its apparent endorsement of new, seemingly rebellious formulations of intimacy and its ultimate orientation towards the ideal of a trans-historical and aesthetically "dehumanized" conception of love.
Moore's Principia Ethica, Freud's Dora, Forster's Howards End, Lawrence's Women in Love, and Woolf's Mrs.
--George Edward Moore, Principia Ethica (originally published in 1903).
Moore and his Principia Ethica. For the philosopher, consciousness of beauty is what mainly has value; good itself is a "non-natural property attaching to consciousness" (89).
Moore's goodness thesis in Principia Ethica (1903).
Moore's Principia Ethica, it is here contended that one empty world can be morally better than another.
A murder investigation--replete with Cockney detective (the wonderful Nicholas Woodeson)--erupts as George earnestly holds forth on Bertrand Russell and the "Principia Ethica."