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By David A. Hunter

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A useful advisor to serious considering identifying What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is a superb textbook for classes on severe pondering and good judgment on the undergraduate and graduate degrees in addition to a suitable reference for a person with a basic curiosity in severe considering skills."

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36 CHAPTER ONE | COMMON SENSE lutely know to be in it, and also considering the most important ways in which these various kinds of things are related to one another. (Moore 1953, 2) One of Moore’s own contributions to this description was to claim that there are truths about moral goodness, that those truths are not analysable in terms of truths about the natural world, and that knowing those truths requires having a special faculty of moral intuition. (We will consider his influential argument for this non-naturalistic view about morality in chapter 2, §5.

In §4 we will assess whether there can be successful philosophical analyses given the model. 3. A Working Model of Philosophical Analysis In the previous sections we got some indication of the range of views that have been advanced on the topic. It is helpful to fix on a particular 4 44 See especially Carnap (1950, ch. 1). CHAPTER TWO | ANALYSIS model of analysis. The model in question is relatively simple. It draws upon Moore’s views on analysis. Moore’s views on analysis — or what have been taken to be his views — have been highly influential in analytic philosophy.

Before we consider the open question argument, it is worth assessing Moore’s preceding strategy. His assumption that there are only three possible answers to his question is debatable. In particular, Moore seems to have overlooked some complexities in what it is for talk to be meaningful. For instance, some philosophers distinguish between descriptive and expressive meaning. The sentence “Ottawa is a capital 52 CHAPTER TWO | ANALYSIS city” describes a certain city; the sentence has descriptive meaning.

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