Friday, April 10, 2020

Why did GE Moore disappear from history?

Who was GE Moore and why is there such a gap between his reputation now and his reputation in the first decades of the 20th century? And what does his fall from such exalted heights tell us about the sorts of intellects that do—and do not—shine brightly for posterity?

Ray Monk, the author of a biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein, answers these two questions in this highly informative Prospect magazine article: “He was the most revered philosopher of his era. So why did GE Moore disappear from history?

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