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Moore's Dilemma

Martin, Michael GF; (2015) Moore's Dilemma. In: Coates, P and Coleman, S, (eds.) Phenomenal qualities: Sensation, perception, and consciousness. (p. 147). Oxford University Press: Oxford, United Kingdom. Green open access

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In 1918 GE Moore questioned the assumptions behind traditional sense-datum theories and offered the Multiple Relational Theory of Appearing, which he said could not be ruled out as a possible alternative. In 1953, Moore eventually came to reject the alternative and recommend endorsement of the traditional sense-datum theory again. This paper explores what Moore’s reservations in 1918 were, what the correct interpretation of the Multiple Relation Theory should be, and why it made sense for him ultimately to reject it. Moore’s paper throws light both on the nature of the argument from illusion as used in the sense-datum tradition, but also as it has been appealed to in more recent discussions of intentional theories of perception.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Moore's Dilemma
ISBN-13: 9780198712718
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712718.003.0006
Publisher version: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acpr...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sense-data, ge moore, Bertrand Russell, intentionality, content, sensible quality, argument from illusion, appearance, theory of appearing.
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482169
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