Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Preprint

Publication Date

1-2007

Abstract

I give an account of the absurdity of Moorean beliefs of the omissive form (om) p and I don’t believe that p, and the commissive form (com) p and I believe that not-p, from which I extract a definition of Moorean absurdity. I then argue for an account of the absurdity of Moorean assertion. After neutralizing two objections to my whole account, I show that Roy Sorensen’s own account of the absurdity of his ‘iterated cases’ (om1) p and I don’t believe that I believe that p, and (com1) p and I believe that I believe that not-p, is unsatisfactory. I explain why it is less absurd to believe or assert (om1) or (com1) than to believe or assert (om) or (com) and show that despite appearances, subsequent iterations of (om1) or (com1) do not decrease the absurdity of believing or asserting them.

Keywords

Moore's paradox, belief, absurdity

Discipline

Philosophy

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume

32

First Page

144

Last Page

168

ISSN

1053-8364

Identifier

10.5840/jpr20073236

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/jpr20073236

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