1st Edition

The Anscombean Mind

Edited By Adrian Haddock, Rachael Wiseman Copyright 2022
    530 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    530 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    G. E. M. Anscombe (1919–2001) is one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. Known primarily for influencing research in action theory and moral philosophy, her work also has relevance in the study of metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and politics.

    The Anscombean Mind provides a comprehensive survey of Anscombe’s thought, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its enduring significance in contemporary debates. Divided into three clear parts, twenty-three chapters by an international array of contributors address the following themes:

    • ancient philosophy
    • metaphysics
    • mind and language
    • Wittgenstein
    • action and ethics
    • politics
    • religion and faith.

    The Anscombean Mind is an indispensable resource for anyone studying and researching action theory, ethics, moral philosophy, Wittgenstein, twentieth-century philosophy, and Anscombe herself.

    Introduction Adrian Haddock and Rachael Wiseman

    1. Report to the Mary Somerville Fellowship Committee, May 1948 G. E. M. Anscombe

    Part 1: From Parmenides to Wittgenstein

    2. Anscombe’s Aristotelian Metaphysics Christopher Frey

    3. The Enigma of Existence: Russellm? Kantfrege? Anscombe Arindam Chakrabarti

    4. Anscombe, Stenius, and Ramsey on the Tractatus Peter Sullivan

    5. Anscombe on Wittgenstein’s On Certainty: Linguistic Idealism, World-Pictures and Scepticism Andy Hamilton

    Part 2: Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind

    6. What is so Necessary about the Past? Anscombe Asymmetrist Anselm Winfried Müller

    7. Temporal Passage and Being in Time Colin Johnston

    8. Metaphysics and Modals Roger Teichmann

    9. What do I Really Do? What do I Really See? Rachael Wiseman

    10. On Our Relation to the World as a Whole, and to Others, in General Adrian Haddock

    11. How Receptive Knowledge Relates to Practical Knowledge John McDowell

    12. What is the Moral of Davidson’s Carbon Copier? Towards an Anscombean account of Practical Knowledge Eylem Özaltun

    13. Anscombe and the Difference Rationality Makes Eric Marcus

    14. The Practicality of Practical Inference Will Small

    Part 3: Ethics, Religion, and Politics

    15. Anscombe’s Skepticism about the Possibility of (Kantian) Practical Syllogisms Alexandra Newton

    16. What is the Bearing of Thinking on Doing? Marshal Bierson and John Schwenkler

    17. Human Action Valérie Aucouturier

    18. The Elusiveness of the Voluntary: Anscombe and the Problem of Human Agency Jean-Philippe Narboux

    19. Sensation in Intention Clare Mac Cumhaill

    20. Justice in Criminal Trials R. A. Duff

    21. Anscombe and the Rules of Ordinary Practices Peter Faulconbridge

    22. Anscombe on the Dignity of the Human Being Matthias Haase

    23. Practical Knowledge and the Spiritual Nature of Man Evgenia Mylonaki.



    Adrian Haddock is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Stirling, UK. He has written on action, perception, knowledge, and language.

    Rachael Wiseman is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Liverpool, UK. She is the author of the Routledge Guidebook to Anscombe’s Intention (2016).