Tim Moore

about my academic life and work, in the rough form of a curriculum vitae
but including some unpublished items,

to which are added some fictional fragments and some recollections

(first put online in summer 1997;
latest update in autumn 2017)

Texts available through this site may be freely accessed, downloaded and used, provided that quotations from them are properly acknowledged. Re-publication without the author’s consent
is not authorized.


Knowledge incorporated:
past and future
a public lecture given at the University of Hong Kong 2000
Condillac article about Étienne Bonnot, abbé de Condillac 1998
Bergson and cognitive science seminar paper 1997
Unnatural Kinds:
remarks on Linnæus’s classification of mental disorders
seminar paper 1996
Nomads paper read to the British Association for the Advancement of Science 1975
False Beginnings:
early nineteenth episodes in the human sciences
various versions existed various dates
from 1971 to now


حكمة من النيل : قصص من القبابٔل النيلية ، جمعها وقدّمها لهم أحمد الشاهعي و تم مور ، مركز عبدالكاريم مرغني لثقافي ، أم درناب [Wisdom from the Nile:
stories from Nilotic tribes, Ahmed al Shahi & Tim Moore, Abdul Karim Mirghani Centre Press, Omdurman, 398 pp]
ISBN 978-9992-4-623-6 2017
Developing Learning Environments Ora Kwo, Tim Moore, John Jones (ed.), University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong, 358 pp ISBN 962-209-690-5 2004
The Observation of Savage Peoples par J-M Degérando, translated with an introduction (foreword by E.E. Evans-Pritchard), Routledge, reprinted in Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology and Ethnography ISBN 9780415866651 2004
Essai sur les fondements de la psychologie par Maine de Biran, édition critique, Œuvres tome VII-1-2, Vrin, Paris, XXVIII-592 pp ISBN 271162059X 9782711620593 2711620662 9782711620661 2001
Bergson: thinking backwards Cambridge University Press, in the Modern European Philosophy series, xx-152 pp ISBN 0-521-41340-0 / 0-521-42402-X 1996
Sur les rapports du physique et du moral de l’homme par Maine de Biran, édition critique, Œuvres tome VI, Vrin, Paris, XVI-207 pp ISBN 978-2-7116-2065-4 1984
The Psychological Basis of Morality: an essay on value and desire in the Library of Philosophy of Religion (general editor: John Hick), Macmillan, 106 pp ISBN 978-1-349-03737-7 (Print) 978-1-349-03735-3 (Online) 1978
Wisdom from the Nile: a collection of folk stories from Northern and Central Sudan translated with an introduction (co-author: Ahmed Al-Shahi), The Oxford Library of African Literature, Clarendon Press, Oxford, xiii-256 pp ISBN 0-19-815147-0 1978
The Psychology of Maine de Biran Clarendon Press, Oxford, 228 pp ISBN 0198243332 9780198243335 1970
The Observation of Savage Peoples by J-M Degérando, translated with an introduction (with a preface by E.E. Evans-Pritchard), Routledge Kegan Paul/University of California Press, xi-123 pp 1969

other separately published items

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Abstracts, compiled by FCT Moore, University of Hong Kong ISBN 962-86230-2-8 2001
How Computers Work, (co-authors: L. Goldstein & Yu Kam Por), Logical Products, the University of Hong Kong, viii-64 pp 1988
CHARLES, a microcomputer-assisted learning package for computer literacy (on the topic ‘How computers work’), a set of seven diskettes, information sheets for teachers and students, a peripheral called the ‘Fingerpad’, and two manuals, versions 1.0 and 2.0. (Co-authors: Chan Ho Mun, Laurence Goldstein, and Yu Kam Por) ISBN 1987, 1989
LOGIC TUTOR, a microcomputer-assisted learning package for elementary logic, with a set of four diskettes, a technical manual, and a user’s manual (sixth edition 1997 vii-55 pp; co-author: Laurence Goldstein) user's manual 1988: ISBN 962-375-003-X; 1997: 962-375-005-6 1981, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997
Evocation: a memoir of discussions on symbolism in the human sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, 28 pp 1978
Claude Lévi-Strauss and the Cultural Sciences, occasional paper of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham, 50 pp; partial reprint in Mass media and mass communication, ed. Peter Davison, Rolf Meyersohn, Edward Shils, Cambridge ; Teaneck, N.J. : Chadwyck-Healey, 1978. 1969


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Philological Preface to The Relationship between the Physical and the Moral in Man by F.C.T. Moore, translated from the French by Darian Meacham in The Relationship between the Physical and the Moral in Man by Maine de Biran, ed. and trans. Darian Meacham and Joseph Spadola, Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 25-31 (see above, books 1984) ISBN 978-1-350-02030-6 2017
French Philosophy with Alan Schrift, in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, ed. 3, ed. Audi, Robert, Cambridge University Press, pp. 387-94 ISBN 978-1-107-01505-0 / 978-1-107-64379-6 2015
French Spiritualist Philosophy in The History of Continental Philosophy, vol. 2, ed. Schrift, Alan. D, and Conway, Daniel, Acumen, pp. 161-75 ISBN 978-1-84465-212-9 2010
Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution: Analysis and Life in The Classics of Western Philosophy: A Reader’s Guide, pp. 467-73, ed. Gracia, Jorge J.E., Reichberg, Gregory M., Shumacher, Bernard N., Blackwell Publishing ISBN 0-631-21906-4 / 0-631-23611-2 2003
Bergson in The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1870-1945, ed. Thomas Baldwin, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp.67-73 ISBN 0-521-59104-X 2003
Scribes and Texts: models of cultural transmission Monist, 84(3): pp. 417-36 ISSN 0026-9662 2003
Introduction to an exhibit entitled ‘The Fourth Revolution’ in Expo 2001, with Chinese translation 2001
Floral Modesty letter in The New Scientist, 6 February 1999 click here to read the letter 1999
Magic in The New Bergson, ed. J. Mullarkey, Manchester University Press, pp 135-44 ISBN 0-7190-5380-3 / 0-7190-5553-9 1999
An English Cantonese Dictionary (in transcription): a sample of 721 headwords, with CS Hung University of Hong Kong 1998 (?)
Bonnet, Charles Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1998 etc.
Cabanis Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1998 etc.
Maine de Biran Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1998 etc.
How anthropologists think note in memory of Godfrey Lienhardt, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford vol. 28, no. 1 pp. 127-8 1997
Tips To Improve Prose Style avoiding typical errors in writing English made by Cantonese speaking University students, 17p. 1996
response to Habermas on Kant on Perpetual Peace meeting organized by the Centre for Applied Ethics click here to read this 1996
Goldstein on the road to Rome Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 72(2): 229-32 1994
Taking the sting out of the Prisoner’s Dilemma Philosophical Quarterly, 44(2): 223-233 1994
Thoughts on Music, with live choral illustrations Robert Black College guest night, published in The Evenings of Insight, RBC, pp. 6-9 1993/4
chairman of a discussion session on papers on Classical Islamic Philosophy and related topics 34th International Congress on Asian and North African Studies, the University of Hong Kong 1993
letter to the SCMP, September 10 It is incorrect to claim that Kuwait was formerly part of Iraq click here to read the letter 1990-91
foreword, and Can information change our preferences? in Philosophy Annual Journal, 35th anniversary special issue, University of Hong Kong, pp. i-iv / 1-6 1990-91
Rome inferences and structural opacity (click for first page preview) Mind, 99: 601-8 1990
Conflict between desire and value Family, Society and Morality, Hong Kong, Commercial Press, pp 187-95 [in Chinese] 1990
Waih Yihk Seun jeuk-sih a transcription exercise to sharpen the ear:, Yale system transcription of a Hong Kong TV documentary on Sir David Wilson, broadcast the day before he arrived as HK Governor 1989
Do higher-order desires resolve conflict? Harmony and Strife: contemporary perspectives, East and West, ed. Shu-hsien Liu & Robert E. Allinson, Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, pp 59-67 ISBN 962-201-412-7 1988
School Logic and Computer Literacy Computerized Logic Teaching Bulletin, 1.2 (co-authors: L. Goldstein, Yu Kam Por) 1988
Logic and Computer Literacy Microcomputers in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong (co-authors: L. Goldstein, Yu Kam Por) 1988
citations of Mou Tsang San, Kan Yuet Wai, Stanley Ho and Lee Wing Tat
for honorary degrees at the University of Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong Gazette, vol. XXXIV 1987
Maine de Biran The Oxford Companion to the Mind, ed. R.L. Gregory, pp 445-447 ISBN 0-19-866124-X 1987
citations of Li Ka Shing, PAL Vine, Lord Todd of Trumpington and Louis Cha for honorary degrees at the University of Hong Kong University of Hong Kong Gazette, vol. XXXIII 1986
citations of Pauline Chan, Zhu Guangqian and EH Paterson for honorary degrees at the University of Hong Kong University of Hong Kong Gazette, vol. XXXII 1985
A problem about higher-order desires Acta Philosophica Fennica, 38: 149-55 1985
The Martyr’s Dilemma Analysis, 45: 29-33 1985
citations of KLC Legg, MGR Sandberg, and JM Bennett for honorary degrees at the University of Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong Gazette, vol. XXXI 1984
Effective Methods for Logic Collegiate Microcomputer, 11(2): 141-55 (co-author: L. Goldstein) 1984
The Microcomputer as Logic Teacher: an illustration Teaching Philosophy, 7(2): 109-14 (co-author: L. Goldstein) 1984
foreword, and Knowing in Part in Philosophy Annual Journal, pp. 4-7 / 31-4 1983-4
The Martyr’s Dilemma in Philosophy Annual Journal, pp. 5-14 (earlier version of article published in Analysis in 1985) 1983
Is the intuition of dualism primary? Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 146: 257-72 1983
Mechanical deductive techniques: three microcomputer packages Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 15: 545-6 (co-author: L. Goldstein) 1983
Meet MICAL: teaching elementary logic by microcomputer Australian Logic Teachers Journal, 6: 15-29 (co-author: L. Goldstein) 1982
On taking metaphor literally Metaphor: problems and perspectives, ed. D. Miall, Harvester Press/Humanities Press, pp. 1-13 ISBN 0-7108-0033-9 /0-391-03274-8 1982
foreword and Plato’s Alternative to Platonism in Philosophy Annual Journal, 1982,p. 1 / 4-10 1982
The authority of symbols Literary Theory Today, ed. M.A. Abbas and T.W. Wong, Hong Kong University Press, pp. 80-94 ISBN 962-209-035-4 / 962-209-036-2 1981
Pluralism in Metaphysics: Philosophy Annual Journal, University of Hong Kong, pp. 4-7 1981
La philosophie analytique hors de chez elle Critique, vol. 36: Les Philosophes anglo-saxons par eux-mêmes, pp. 765-73 1980
‘What we value and desire’ in the Hong Kong Standard, Courses by Newspaper : Morals and Society, Friday February 8, p. 20; also in the South China Morning Post under the title: ‘Conflict between desire and value’, and in Ming Pao in Chinese 1980
foreword, and Finitude in Philosophy Annual Journal, 1982, pp. 1-2 / 1-7 1980
Thresholds of coherence an inaugural lecture from the Chair of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong Gazette, vol XXVII (3) 1980
foreword, and Corruption in Philosophy Annual Journal, 1982, pp. 4-10 1979
Claude Lévi-Strauss and the cultural sciences partial reprint of a previous publication under the same title, in Literary Taste, Culture and Mass Communication, ed. P. Davison, R. Meyersohn, E. Shils (in 14 vol.) 0 85964 035 3 1978
review of C.R. Badcock, Lévi-Strauss: structuralism and sociological theory, London: Hutchinson, 1975 History: The Journal of the Historical Association, vol. 62, no. 204, February 1977, p. 72 1977
participant in discussion of Myth Theory to Theoria: An international Journal of Science, Philosophy and Contemplative Religion, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 95-112 1976
Evans off target Philosophical Quarterly, 25: 58-9 1975
Nomads paper read to the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, unpublished, but see here 1975
An approach to the analysis of folk-tales from Central and Northern Sudan Directions in Sudanese Linguistics and Folklore, ed. SH Hurreiz and H Bell, Khartoum University Press, pp 106-22 1975
White mythology: metaphor in the text of philosophy click for first page preview translation of an article by Jacques Derrida, inNew Literary History, VI: 5-74 1974
How myths die click for first page preview translation of an article by Claude Lévi-Strauss, in New Literary History, V: 269-81 1974
The Analysis of Stories The Theory of Myth, ed. A. Cunningham, Sheed and Ward, pp. 22-39 SBN 7220 7346 1 1973
The Two Persons (and A Surrejoinder to Professor Frings) Linguistic Analysis and Phenomenology, ed. W. Mays and S.C. Brown, Macmillan, pp. 59-67, 88-92 SBN 333 12609 2 1972
Manners (click for first page preview) Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 2, pp. 49-56 1971
Liberals in Trouble Ethics and Society, ed. M.M. Agrawal, Khartoum University Press, pp. 7-17 1971
review of Frazer Cowley (click for partial view), A Critique of British Empiricism, Macmillan, 1968 Philosophy 1969
The Golden Bough and Other Stories Mermaid, University of Birmingham Magazine, Autumn Term, volume 38, pp.22-5 1968
Maine de Biran et la théorie du language Actes du XIIIème congrès des sociétés de philosophie de langue française, Neuchâtel, pp. 157-9 1966
Maine de Biran and Pestalozzi: some unpublished letters Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 75: 27-52 1966

other texts


حكمة من الصحراع
(Wisdom from the Desert)
companion volume to حكمة من النيل (Wisdom from the Nile, 2017; see above)

in progress or pending

The Structure of the Will This has been a project for a book for decades. I may not carry it through, though I’ve had it in mind on and off for a long time, and still favour the idea.
It starts with what might be called a ‘transcendental deduction’ of the will,
as a source of change (very contrary to Kant’s position).
From that in turn, the emotions would be derived ...
Exploring the Ass This book relates and explores a variety of practical and theoretical
dilemmas which can be construed as versions of Buridan’s Ass. Various
attempts at finding a publisher for the English text (completed but without
projected supporting material), including the OUP’s ‘Very Short Introduction’
series, have failed. The book was originally commissioned by Rochester University Press,
but this (informal) commissioning was not upheld when the commissioning editor left the press.
I’m now working on a French version, destined to be sent to the French philosophy publisher
Vrin for their successful series ‘What is ...’.;
The series is somewhat like the OUP’s VSO series, but confined to philosophy.
The Mysteries of Crito of Samos (about 219,000 words) Eight related novellas set in the Mediterranean of the fifth century BCE.
Crito is a sophist who solves mysteries (in the modern sense) for a fee. Completed.
Attempts at publication so far unsuccessful.
Icarus A novel set in the first decade of third millennium of our era (about 74,000 words). Icarus is the editor of the Crito texts. recent
The Island of Exile An incomplete novel set in the third century of the third millennium of our era (about 34,000 words). Dagobert, the chief character, is an admirer of Crito’s writings. recent


lecturer/senior lecturer in Philosophy The University of Birmingham, UK 1965-1979
senior lecturer in Philosophy The University of Khartoum, Sudan 1969-72
Chair of Philosophy The University of Hong Kong 1979-2000
Emeritus professor of philosophy,
Consultant to the University on Teaching Quality and Innovation
and Director of the Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching
The University of Hong Kong 2000-2002

other positions

34th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, held in Hong Kong
Member of the advisory committee, Chairman of the Programme Committee for West Asia and North Africa, and Chairman of a panel on Classical Islamic Philosophy and related topics 1993
Expo 2001, a HK$100M public exhibition marking the University of Hong Kong’s 80th anniversary member of the planning Committee, organizer of a multidiscplinary and high-tech exhibit called ‘The Fourth Revolution’ concerning the effect of technologies on learning 1993
European Journal of Philosophy member of the Advisory Committee 1993-
Hong Kong Research Grants Council project for IMPACT (‘Intelligent multimedia package for the advancement of creative and critical thinking’) Principal Investigator 1992-
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Visiting professor 1991
Cognitive Science Working Group, The University of Hong Kong member 1989-90
Strategic Research Grant for Microcomputer-assisted Logic Learning Principal Investigator 1987-
China, the Chinese and the West, international symposium to mark the 75th anniversary of the University of Hong Kong Chairman of the Organizing Committee 1986
Barnard College, Columbia University, New York Visiting Professor 1985
Preparation of an edition of Maine de Biran, Essai sur les fondements de la psychologie holder of research grants 1984-1998
Arts Faculty working party on Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong convenor 1980
CNRS planning group for a new edition of the works of Maine de Biran member 1980
University of St Andrews External Examiner in Philosophy 1979-81
gouvernement français bourse 1974
British Academy European Exchange Fellowship 1974
University of Makerere External Examiner in Philosophy 1970-72


education King’s College School, Wimbledon
Keble College, Oxford (BA in Litterae Humaniores)
St Antony’s College, Oxford (to 1965: D.Phil. on The Psychology of Maine de Biran)
degree awarded by the examiners: Stuart Hampshire and Henri Gouhier.
to 1958
to 1962
to 1965
nationality British & French


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