Abstract for Martin’s talk

In 1918 GE Moore questioned the assumptions behind traditional sense-datum theories and offered the Multiple Relational Theory of Appearing, which he said could not be ruled out as a possible alternative account of sensing. In 1953, Moore eventually came to reject this alternative outright and to recommend endorsement of the traditional sense-datum theory again. This paper explores what Moore’s reservations in 1918 were, what the correct interpretation of the Multiple Relation Theory should be, and why it made sense for Moore ultimately to reject it. Moore’s dilemma raises questions about what it is for experience to be objective, how we should think of appearances, and the grounds for so-called intentional theories of perception.