"Intention" is one of the masterworks of twentieth-century philosophy in English. First published in 1957, it has acquired the status of a modern ...Show synopsis"Intention" is one of the masterworks of twentieth-century philosophy in English. First published in 1957, it has acquired the status of a modern philosophical classic. The book attempts to show in detail that the natural and widely accepted picture of what we mean by an intention gives rise to insoluble problems and must be abandoned. This is a welcome reprint of a book that continues to grow in importance.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. A contemporary of C.S. Lewis (and known for perhaps once...New. A contemporary of C.S. Lewis (and known for perhaps once prevailing over him in philosophical debate), pro-life activist in later life and mother of six, Elizabeth Anscombe's Intention is a philosophical classic, rightly called ''the most important treatment of action since Aristotle. '' A hefty commendation, and well warranted. But we'd be liable to misrepresentation if we didn't also add ''often quoted, sometimes read, rarely understood. '' Putting aside our (limited) philosophical vocabulary, this slim volume could be described as an appraisal of wanting as practice. In Anscombe's words, ''the wanting that interests us...is neither wishing nor hoping nor the feeling of desire, and cannot be said to exist in a man who does nothing towards getting what he wants. '' She is witty and shrewd, engaging (interpreting and adopting) both Aristotle and Wittgenstein throughout, but always carrying the work with that incomparable sense of humor possessed by those who know not to take themselves too seriously.
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