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G.E. Moore
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Philosopher
    (November 4, 1873-October 24, 1958)
    Full name was George Edward Moore
    Wrote the books 'Principia Ethica' and 'Some Main Problems of Philosophy'
    Wrote the paper 'The Refutation of Idealism'
    He smoked a pipe.
    Some believe that his proof of the external world begged the question (assuming the conclusion of the argument as one of the premises).
    Ludwig Wittgenstein thought that Moore was not intelligent enough to understand his Ph.D. dissertation.
    While they were both students, Bertrand Russell was so impressed by Moore's intelligence, that he asked him to become a philosopher.
    He was one of the founders of the analytic school of philosophy along with Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell.
    He was one of the first philosophers who sought clarity in arguments and believed in analyzing what is really being asserted, and often times finding that nothing was at all.
    He built his philosophical system around common sense, believing that it should take priority over wild metaphysical speculations.
    Before Moore, British philosophy was dominated by idealism (the belief that what exists is constructed by the mind), yet Moore's refutation single-handedly changed that.
    He attempted to prove that the external world existed by holding out his hand and asserting that it existed.
    He was the head editor of 'Mind,' the most influential philosophical journal of its day.
    He was genuinely humble and a good natured person.

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