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Lectures on Philosophy by George Edward Moore

By George Edward Moore

First released in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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In all these cases we’re obviously saying of some property or other that nothing whatever possessed it: we’re not leaving open the possibility that, though there wasn’t only one thing which did, yet there may have been several. And this is shewn, I think, by the extremely careless way in wh. R. introduces his statement. , by the way, which nobody would think of making; & wh. has no meaning). He says we may substitute “ It’s false that there is an object x which is both round & square” . This gives us there are no round squares.

Well, then, when you & I both think of him, I’m knowing with regard to 0 , E ! C. though you don’t know that, E ! x)(xx). As I said last time, he insists, as I think with obvious truth, that the exclusive d. with regard to which I know this, will always be different from that with regard to which you know it. Even if we both happen to be thinking of him as the author of the De bello Gallico, the description will be different bee. we know this only by description & by different ones. What, then, is the explanation 30 LECTURES ON P HI L OS O P HY of what’s meant by saying that nevertheless we’re both thinking of the same person?

371) (2) that particular kind of simple, which he calls a “ particular” , since it is only these, not qualities & relations, that can be said to “ last only a very short time” . We get here a fairly clear meaning for “ real” & “ unreal” : to say material objects are “ unreal” may mean merely (a) that they’re not simples, (b) not particulars; & of course the prop. 1 [Reprinted in B. ] “ re al ” and “ im agin ary ” 43 that they are not is perfectly consistent with “ There are material things” . It seems to me perfectly possible, nay probable, that R.

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