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Intention and IdentityCollected Essays Volume II$
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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580064.001.0001

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Anscombe on Spirit and Intention

Anscombe on Spirit and Intention

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Intention and Identity

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 2009 essay which reviews posthumously published papers of Elizabeth Anscombe. It draws attention to her energetic affirmation and explanatory illustration of the reality of human soul and the spiritual (as well as bodily) nature of human life. It extends and is extended by the remarks on her treatment (and Wittgenstein's) of this volume's Introduction. It also critiques Simon Blackburn's understanding of Anscombe's ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’, and her own treatment of intention in her works on morality (as distinct from her great book Intention).

Keywords:   Anscombe, intention, spirit, Wittgenstein, Blackburn

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