Anscombe and Aquinas

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There has been a growing sense of Anscombe’s indebtedness to Aquinas, though the specifics and extent of that debt have remained unclear for three reasons. First, because of general unfamiliarity with Aquinas’s writings. Second, because of ignorance about important aspects of Anscombe’s intellectual biography and writings. Third, because of her inexplicitness, particularly in works intended for academic readers, regarding his influence on her thought. This chapter charts her engagement with and use of the thought of Aquinas from her days as a student to her last writings, cataloguing her direct and indirect references to his work and assessing the extent to which she was in broad agreement with or dissented from his positions on major philosophical issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of Elizabeth Anscombe
EditorsRoger Teichmann
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780190887384
ISBN (Print)9780190887353
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameOxford handbooks


  • Aquinas
  • Dominicans
  • M. D'Arcy
  • P. Geach
  • A. Kenny
  • Principle of causality
  • Object - formal
  • Object - material


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