G. E. M. Anscombe’s Intention is a classic of twentieth-century philosophy. The work has been enormously influential despite being a dense and largely misunderstood text. It is a standard reference point for anyone engaging with philosophy of action and philosophy of psychology.
In this Routledge Philosophy GuideBook, Rachael Wiseman:
- situates Intention in relation to Anscombe’s moral philosophy and philosophy of mind
- considers the influence of Aquinas, Aristotle, Frege, and Wittgenstein on the method and content of Intention
- adopts a structure for assessing the text that shows how Anscombe unifies the three aspects of the concept of intention
- considers the influence and implications of the piece whilst distinguishing it from subsequent work in the philosophy of action
Ideal for anyone wanting to understand and gain a perspective on Elizabeth Anscombe’s seminal work, this guide is an essential introduction, useful in the study of the philosophy of action, ethics, philosophy of psychology and related areas.
Table of Contents
1. Background: Intention in context
2. Three aspects of the concept of intention
3. (1) Expressions of intention
4. (2) Intentional action
5. (3) Intention with which
6. The unification of the concept of intention
7. The influence of Intention in the philosophy of action
8. The implications of Intention: moral philosophy, philosophy of psychology & the self
Rachael Wiseman is Addison Wheeler Research Fellow at Durham University, UK
‘This book is clearly, beautifully, and thoroughly organized. The content is exciting and offers a thoughtful and compelling reading of Anscombe’s Intention.’
Candace Vogler, University of Chicago, USA
‘This superb Guidebook is an essential companion for anyone trying to understand Anscombe’s brilliant but somewhat elusive book. It enables the reader to see the unity in what can seem a rather disparate work, in ways that students and professional philosophers alike will find eye opening.'
Adrian Haddock, University of Stirling, UK