Anscombe, Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret (1919–2001)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD081-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Elizabeth Anscombe has contributed to all principal areas of philosophy, most influentially to ethics and the philosophy of mind. She is the founder of contemporary action theory, and an important source of the revival of interest in virtue ethics. The chief influences on her thought are the work of her teacher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, much of which she has translated and of which she is an important interpreter, and the classical and medieval traditions, as found in Aristotle and Aquinas. She has also made a number of contributions to the defence of Roman Catholic religious belief.

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    Thompson, Michael. Anscombe, Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret (1919–2001), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD081-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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