G. E. M. Anscombe (—) of psychology. Her work on action, found mostly in her short book Intention, was a step in the direction of such a philosophy. Philosophical perplexity about intention begins with its appearance in three guises: intention for the future, as when I intend to complete this. Anscombe’s Intention () is one of the classics of 20th century .. Philosophy and Ethics by G.E.M. Anscombe (St. Andrews Studies in.

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And, she implies, if its beginning is not an event worthy of ceremony t.e.m.anscombe it is not a proper marriage. Ethics and the Limits of PhilosophyOxford: A question for this view is how the state of intending can be a form of something dynamic: The idea that intention involves belief is what unifies intentional action, prospective intention, and intention-with-which. She was systematic in her thinking, seeing and developing connections between metaphysics, moral psychology, and ethics that exhibited not simply a grasp of one particular problem, but a world view.

It is still immoral. The philosopher Candace Vogler says that Anscombe’s “strength” is that “‘when she is writing for [a] Catholic audience, she presumes they share certain fundamental beliefs,’ but she is equally willing to write for people who do not share her assumptions.


Take the state of affairs that, I assert, you owe me money. Suppose I attach a fragile glass to an explosive device that detects whether it is attached to something fragile and if it is, shatters the object when it is struck. This sets them apart from questions about causes, since I might not know what caused me to sleep so restlessly but I cannot be so ignorant of my intentions.

The Review of Metaphysics. Anyone who denies this, Anscombe suggests, does so on the basis of a prejudice or philosophical theory about observation and causality. University of Notre Dame Press. Karin rated it really liked it May 21, See Wallacepp. Archived from the original on 14 August Request removal from index.

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Logic, Cause and Action: Anscombe’s Intention and Practical Knowledge. First, it readily explains why intending is always intending to do something.

A student of Ludwig Wittgenstein, she became an authority on his work, and edited and translated many books drawn from his writings, above all his Philosophical Investigations. In a sense, then, she is not writing at all and if she thinks she is then she is wrong.

In other projects Wikiquote. In this sense the obligation to keep a promise is not an absolute obligation.


G. E. M. Anscombe, Intention – PhilPapers

Or fail to intend in accordance with one? Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. My own recollection is that it was an occasion of sober discussion of certain quite definite criticisms, which Lewis’ rethinking and rewriting showed he thought was accurate.

So a man hanging by his fingers from a precipice may be as certain as g.e.m.aanscombe that he must not let go and fall, and yet determined not to let go. And she struggles to specify how much is too much. At the root of the principle is the distinction between intended and foreseen consequences of an action.

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A recent development finds a problem of causal deviance in the manifestation of intentiln, even when they are dispositions of inanimate objects. When she returned to Oxford she continued to travel to Cambridge to study with Wittgenstein.

Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind: Her use of the word prohibition, however, suggests that she is thinking of murder as something forbidden by God.