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The Anscombe Papers Project

G.E.M. ANSCOMBE

Elizabeth Anscombe was one of the leading philosophers of the 20th century, and arguably the foremost female philosopher in recorded history. Her writing touched on most areas of philosophical importance; she is best known for her seminal work in action theory and virtue ethics. 

 

The Anscombe Papers Project promotes the legacy of Elizabeth Anscombe, an eminent analytic philosopher and Catholic intellectual, through scholarly and programmatic engagement with her archive, a newly acquired treasure trove of over 600 items that deepen our understanding of her work.

ABOUT THE ARCHIVE

The Anscombe Archive consists of over six hundred catalogued items (including unpublished manuscripts in various stages of revision, philosophical offprints with substantial marginalia, personal correspondence with major philosophical figures, and journals) in twenty-one archival boxes. It is a treasure trove of information for scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of Anscombe’s work. A summary of contents is available upon request. 

ANNUAL ANSCOMBE LECTURES IN ETHICS

The Annual Anscombe Lecture in Ethics commemorates Elizabeth Anscombe (1919 – 2001), former visiting Penn Professor and one of the most influential woman philosophers and Catholic intellectuals of the modern era. 

PAST LECTURES

2017 

ART AND MORALITY

On the Relationship between Aesthetics and Ethics

SIR ROGER SCRUTON

2016

CAN YOU DO ACTION THEORY WITHOUT ETHICS? 

Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life

DR. CANDACE VOGLER

2015

WHAT IF THERE WERE NO TOMORROW? 

Finding Aristotle’s Ethics and the Good Life in Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day

DR. PETER WICKS

2014

ACTING WELL

 The Philosophy and Psychology of Virtue

DR. JOHN HALDANE

FALL 2018 EVENTS

Analytic philosophy is associated with a line of founding fathers. Also prominent in its history are the philosophical schools and movements that grew up around its dominant male figures.

What is absent from that history is the collective story of four women who became friends as undergraduates at Oxford University during WWII, when the men who dominated the classrooms and the SCR were away from campus, and they remained life-long philosophical companions.

This special seminar outlines their shared philosophical agenda, method and stance, collaboratively developed in Philippa Foot’s living room between 1946 and 1948. We argue that this shared programme ought to constitute them as a distinct philosophical school within the history of analytic philosophy.

The seminar will be co-presented by Dr. Racheal Wiseman (University of Liverpool) & Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill (Durham University), moderated by Dr. Karen Detlefsen (University of Penn). The seminar will take place in the Golkin Room of Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Co-sponsored by the Penn Philosophy Department.

Dr. Wiseman and Dr. Cumhaill are working on a research collaboration project called (In Parenthesis) which explores the work of The Quartet, or Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, and Mary Midgley four female philosophers who met and became friends at Oxford University during WWII. “The Golden-Age of Female Philosophy” is a rare case of women flourishing and achieving collective prominence in the discipline, at a standard that rivalled their male counterparts. Through a detailed historical study of this period, In Parenthesis describes the particular conditions under which this happened.

By examining a brief window, albeit in parenthesis, where the social and intellectual landscape of academic philosophy was altered as a result of the disruptions of the second World War, the current project promises to reflect on the questions facing contemporary women philosophers and the more general question of ‘women in philosophy’, as it is known.

Space is limited, registration required no later than noon on September 12th : https://bit.ly/2ClAJfZ

 

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