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He was the most revered philosopher of his era. So why did GE Moore disappear from history?

The strange story of how a man who Bertrand Russell and the Bloomsbury Group looked on as a god ended up almost completely forgotten

By Ray Monk   May 2020

“I almost worship him as if he were a god. I have never felt such an extravagant admiration for anybody.” So the 22-year-old Bertrand Russell wrote to his fiancée Alys Pearsall Smith in November 1894. The object of his “extravagant admiration” was George Edward Moore (always known as “GE Moore” because he hated both his given names), who was 18 months younger than…

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