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Logic and the Basis of Ethics$
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A. N. Prior

Print publication date: 1963

Print ISBN-13: 9780198241577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241577.001.0001

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The Autonomy of Ethics: (i) Cudworth

The Autonomy of Ethics: (i) Cudworth

(p.13) II The Autonomy of Ethics: (i) Cudworth
Logic and the Basis of Ethics

Arthur N. Prior

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Ralph Cudworth, a 17th-century writer who anticipated Professor Moore’s opinion that ‘good is indefinable’. Although Cudworth had a bad argument for this opinion, he still had a good argument against ethical naturalists who could not be quite consistent. This argument is further explored in this chapter and indications of how it was developed by later and clearer writers are provided.

Keywords:   Ralph Cudworth, 17th century, Professor Moore, ethical naturalists, argument

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