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G. E. M. Anscombe

ISBN 9780674003996

Publication date: 10/16/2000

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.


  • Anscombe's classic work is the font from which all subsequent philosophical thought about agency flows.

    —Robert B. Brandom, University of Pittsburgh


  • G. E. M. Anscombe was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

Book Details

  • 106 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press