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MOORE’s THEORY TO PROOVE EXISTENCE OF EXTERNAL WORLD In “Proof of an External World”, the writer, Moore, tries to prove the existence of human hands from where he concludes that external world exists. With the dreaming argument, Descartes have given us reason to doubt that we have hands or existence of external world. Moore argued idealism and skepticism towards the external world saying that the reasons to accept the metaphysical premises are less likely than reasons to accept our common sense which claims about our knowledge of the world. Moore starts his argument by giving the premises, “Here is one hand” and then “Here is another”, and from there he concludes that external things exist since by definition hand is an external thing. According to Moore, he proves his arguments by three things, which he thinks are essential to prove something. First, the premises are different from the conclusion. Second, the premises are things he knows and lastly he says, the conclusion really does follow from the premises.
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