Her mother was a headmistress and her father went on to head a department at Dulwich College. She was awarded a Second Class in her honour moderations in and albeit it with reservations on the part of her Ancient History examiners  a First in her degree finals in She remained a lifelong devout Catholic. He also became a student of Wittgenstein and a distinguished British academic philosopher. Together they had three sons and four daughters.
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Her mother was a headmistress and her father went on to head a department at Dulwich College. She was awarded a Second Class in her honour moderations in and albeit it with reservations on the part of her Ancient History examiners  a First in her degree finals in She remained a lifelong devout Catholic. He also became a student of Wittgenstein and a distinguished British academic philosopher.
Together they had three sons and four daughters. Difference of objects I express by difference of signs. But what do I really see? How can I say that I see here anything more than a yellow expanse? I always hated phenomenalism and felt trapped by it. It was no good pointing to difficulties about it, things which Russell found wrong with it, for example.
The strength, the central nerve of it remained alive and raged achingly. Anscombe, Volume 2 pp. Anscombe visited Wittgenstein many times after he left Cambridge in , and travelled to Cambridge in April to visit him on his death bed.
Wittgenstein named her, along with Rush Rhees and Georg Henrik von Wright , as his literary executor. Truman , whom she denounced as a mass murderer for his use of atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
She never fully recovered and she spent her last years in the care of her family in Cambridge. There was some difficulty in getting a full-size plot, where she could be buried without being cremated first.
This was not possible in the new part of the cemetery, so the site finally obtained — after negotiation with Ely diocesan authorities — was that of an old grave, corner-to-corner with the plot where Wittgenstein had been buried half a century before.
Debate with C. Lewis[ edit ] As a young philosophy don, Anscombe acquired a reputation as a formidable debater. The meeting of the Socratic Club at which I read my paper has been described by several of his friends as a horrible and shocking experience which upset him very much. I am inclined to construe the odd accounts of the matter by some of his friends — who seem not to have been interested in the actual arguments or the subject-matter — as an interesting example of the phenomenon called " projection ".
Anscombe, Volume 2 p. As a result of the debate, Lewis substantially rewrote chapter 3 of Miracles for the paperback edition. Her English translation of the book appeared simultaneously and remains standard.
Another collection, Human Life, Action and Ethics appeared posthumously in She has expressed the intention to do Y expression of intention for the future; what Davidson later called a pure intending She suggests that a true account must somehow connect these three uses of the concept, though later students of intention have sometimes denied this, and disputed some of the things she presupposes under the first and third headings.
Rather than attempt to define intentions in abstraction from actions , thus taking the third heading first, Anscombe begins with the concept of an intentional action.
This soon connected with the second heading. She says that what is up with a human being is an intentional action if the question "Why", taken in a certain sense and evidently conceived as addressed to him , has application. Anscombe was the first to clearly spell out that actions are intentional under some descriptions and not others.
A theme later taken up and discussed by John Searle. Conative states do not describe the world, but aim to bring something about in the world. Anscombe used the example of a shopping list to illustrate the difference. If the agent fails to buy what is listed, we do not say that the list is untrue or incorrect; we say that the mistake is in the action, not the desire.
According to Anscombe, this difference in direction of fit is a major difference between speculative knowledge theoretical, empirical knowledge and practical knowledge knowledge of actions and morals. Whereas "speculative knowledge" is "derived from the objects known", practical knowledge is — in a phrase Anscombe lifts from Aquinas — "the cause of what it understands". She is credited with having coined the term " consequentialism ".
When a set of facts xyz stands in this relation to a fact A, they are a subset out of a range some subset among which holds if A holds. Thus if A is the fact that I have paid for something, the brute facts might be that I have handed him a cheque for a sum which he has named as the price for the goods, saying that this is the payment, or that I gave him some cash at the time that he gave me the goods.
Book Review: Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe: Going on to Ethics by Cora Diamond
Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe: Going on to Ethics. Cora Diamond. Harvard University Press. Wittgenstein aimed to revolutionise philosophical thinking by moving beyond uses of philosophical language in which recurring problems present themselves. One of his focal concerns is found at 4.
G. E. M. Anscombe
Proposition 6 says that any logical sentence can be derived from a series of NOR operations on the totality of atomic propositions. Wittgenstein drew from Henry M. Wittgenstein shows that this operator can cope with the whole of predicate logic with identity, defining the quantifiers at 5. The subsidiaries of 6. The final passages argue that logic and mathematics express only tautologies and are transcendental, i. In turn, a logically "ideal" language cannot supply meaning, it can only reflect the world, and so, sentences in a logical language cannot remain meaningful if they are not merely reflections of the facts.