ABSTRACT

This chapter considers the reception of his work outside academic philosophy, in particular, among the intellectuals and artists of the Bloomsbury circle. The publication of Principia Ethica in 1903 was an important event in philosophy. The circle was most instrumental in spreading Moore’s doctrines beyond philosophy. According to a standard account of the origin of analytic philosophy, Moore’swork is one of its principal sources. A conception of propositions along these lines has been widely influential in analytic philosophy, especially within the so-called Russell an theory of propositions, according to which the content of some such semantic entities is nothing over and above the objects they refer to. Peter Hylton and David Pears are among the scholars of early analytic philosophy who accept Russell’s account of the things he learned from Moore. The Open Question Argument (OQA) is the most widely discussed contribution that Moore made to analytic ethics.