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Elizabeth Anscombe's Modern Moral Philosophy

Elizabeth Anscombe

Anscombe’s 1958 paper challenged the very foundations of moral philosophy, the discipline that tries to understand and differentiate between actions, right and wrong. It argues that moral philosophy should not be explored until a philosophy of psychology is already in place, and that, without a belief in God, morality can have no absolute rules. In contrast to modern philosophers – who, Anscombe writes, had been unoriginal and united in their belief that only consequences matter to morality – the paper promotes virtue ethics, which take into account each person’s moral character when evaluating ethical behaviour. This, Anscombe believed, was a philosophy more suited to a secular society.

Anscombe’s 1958 paper challenged the very foundations of moral philosophy, the discipline that tries to understand and differentiate between actions, right and wrong. It argues that moral philosophy should not be explored until a philosophy of psychology is already in place, and that, without a belief in God, morality can have no absolute rules. In contrast to modern philosophers – who, Anscombe writes, had been unoriginal and united in their belief that only consequences matter to morality – the paper promotes virtue ethics, which take into account each person’s moral character when evaluating ethical behaviour. This, Anscombe believed, was a philosophy more suited to a secular society.
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Genres:

Philosophy

Description:

Anscombe’s 1958 paper challenged the very foundations of moral philosophy, the discipline that tries to understand and differentiate between actions, right and wrong. It argues that moral philosophy should not be explored until a philosophy of psychology is already in place, and that, without a belief in God, morality can have no absolute rules. In contrast to modern philosophers – who, Anscombe writes, had been unoriginal and united in their belief that only consequences matter to morality – the paper promotes virtue ethics, which take into account each person’s moral character when evaluating ethical behaviour. This, Anscombe believed, was a philosophy more suited to a secular society.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonny Blamey, Macat.com

Length:

1h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:51