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Principia Ethica.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1903 - Half title + TP + Dedication page + [vii]-xxvii + [1]-232, Octavo. First Edition. Moore's scarce first book and the one that, at least in the English-speaking world is "taken to be the starting point of contemporary ethical theory" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy). From the library of George Herbert Palmer (1842-1933) with his bookplate on the inside front cover. Palmer was the senior member of the Harvard philosophy department during its "Golden Age" and a notable writer on ethics in his own right. His best known work, The Nature of Goodness, was also published in 1903. While Palmer tried to provide a positive definition of goodness, it is one of the fundamental tenets of Moore's Principia that goodness is indefinable. Original brown cloth with somewhat dulled, gilt lettering on the spine. Minor wear to spine ends and tips. Pages a bit browned but, overall, a very lovely copy with an important association. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]
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