Monday, April 22, 2013

How significant is Anscombe?

In a list of all time greats in moral philosophy she's in the top twenty.


  1. this modern rage for top-ten type lists is lost on me outside of the Letterman show, some kind of sublimated primate ranking system?

  2. Maybe so. It has a kind of absurdity, certainly. But it's also interesting to see what the philosophical community at large thinks of various people's work. And I can imagine myself telling some administrator in future who asks who Anscombe is that she was voted the 19th most important moral philosopher of all time. There would be something absurd about that, too, but we live in absurd times.