Preface Luke Gormally Introduction Mary Geach Human Life ========= 1 Analytical Philosophy and the Spirituality of Man 2 Has Mankind One Soul: An Angel Distributed Through Many Bodies? 3 Human Essence 4 Were You a Zygote? 5 Embryos and Final Causes 6 Knowledge and Reverence for Human Life 7 The Dignity of the Human Being Action and Practical Reason ===================== 8 Chisholm on Action 9 The Causation of Action 10 Practical Inference 11 Practical Truth Ethics ===== 12 Does Oxford Moral Philosophy Corrupt Youth? 13 Modern Moral Philosophy 14 Good and Bad Human Action 15 Action, Intention and 'Double Effect' 16 The Controversy over a New Morality 17 Must One Obey One's Conscience? 18 Glanville Williams' The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law: A Review 19 Who is Wronged? Philippa Foot on Double Effect 20 Prolegomenon to a Pursuit of the Definition of Murder: The Illegal and the Unlawful 21 Murder and the Morality of Euthanasia 22 Commentary on John Harris' 'Ethical Problems in the Management of Severely Handicapped Children' 23 Sins of Omission? The Non-Treatment of Controls in Clinical Trials Index 292
Anscombe (1919-2001) read classics and philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford from 1937 to 1941 in which year she married the philosopher Peter Geach. She subsequently researched in philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge where she became a student and friend of Ludwig Wittgenstein. One of his literary executors, she played a large part in editing his unpublished works and was their principal English translator. In 1946 she returned to Oxford as a University Lecturer in 1951. From 1970 until her retirement in 1986 she held the Chair of Philosophy at Cambridge.
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