Topic: Method

Notes on Mary Midgley: Style and Substance, Ian Ground (10/11/18)

At the Midgley Archive Launch we heard a series of wonderful talks from distinguished guests. Here, Dr Ian Ground reflects on the many dimensions in which the style and substance of Mary’s work interacts, and on her relation to Wittgenstein.     Moral as the superlative of serious …[T]he central job the word does, the one for which it is worth preserving, is to mark, as Philippa Foot suggested, a certain sort of seriousness and importance…and…its other implications, whether of form or content, flow from this.… …Now what happens if we ask; is it not only a serious but a...

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Geoff and Mary Midgley – Two Kinds of Philosopher. David Midgley (10/11/2018)

At the Midgley Archive Launch we heard a series of wonderful short talks from distinguished guests. We’ll be sharing them here over the next week. The first is David Midgley’s discussion of his philosopher parents.  I need to preface this paper with a double apology – in the first place I must confess to being gravely under-prepared, due to the circumstance of having been completely preoccupied until last Friday with the arrangements for Mary’s funeral; much of this paper was written in the car on the journey from London to Durham, perhaps less than ideal circumstances for considered philosophical...

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What influence did Wittgenstein and Aquinas have on Anscombe and Foot? by Samuel Cooper

Both Foot and Anscombe talk about Aquinas quite often, and both of them seem to take it for granted that Aquinas’ thought can be elucidated by thinking about it from directions provided by Wittgenstein; not just that Aquinas can be corrected or improved by the addition of a Wittgensteinian perspective, but rather that what Aquinas himself actually thought can be elucidated by looking at his work from such an angle. Both of them do this quite often, sometimes implicitly and sometimes explicit, but almost always very casually, as if it is quite obvious that this is how it should be. But in what sense in Aquinas Wittgensteinian?!

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