Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe

(1919—2001) philosopher

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English philosopher. Educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford, where she read classics and philosophy (Greats), Anscombe graduated in 1941, in which year she married the philosopher P. T. Geach. Anscombe became a research Fellow of Somerville College in 1946, and remained as tutor until 1970, when she became professor in Cambridge, retiring in 1986. A staunch Roman Catholic, she combined an Aristotelian concern with the actual nature of the phenomena of mind and morality, with the attention to language characteristic of post-war Oxford philosophy. Works include Intention (1957), and An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus (1959). Her translation of the Philosophical Investigations (1953) of Wittgenstein was a landmark of modern philosophy.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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