G. E. M. Anscombe

Philosopher, Academic

1919 – 2001

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Who was G. E. M. Anscombe?

Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe, FBA better known as Elizabeth Anscombe, was a British analytic philosopher. She wrote on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, and ethics.

Born in Ireland, Anscombe was a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein and became an authority on his work and edited and translated many books drawn from his writings, above all his Philosophical Investigations. Anscombe's 1958 article "Modern Moral Philosophy" introduced the term "consequentialism" into the language of analytic philosophy, and had a seminal influence on contemporary virtue ethics. Her monograph Intention is generally recognised as her greatest and most influential work, and the continuing philosophical interest in the concepts of intention, action and practical reasoning can be said to have taken its main impetus from this work.

In 2010, philosopher Roger Scruton wrote that Anscombe was "perhaps the last great philosopher writing in English".

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Born
Mar 18, 1919
Limerick
Also known as
  • Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe
  • Elizabeth Anscombe
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • St Hugh's College, Oxford
  • Sydenham High School
Died
Jan 5, 2001
Cambridge
Resting place
Ascension Parish Burial Ground

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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