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Moral theory and vocabulary in G. E. M. Anscombe's Meanwhile

Grant number: 18/25733-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal Investigator:João Vergílio Gallerani Cuter
Grantee:André Saponara Vianna Kfouri
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Following her criticism of modern moral philosophy and its core concept of Ought, Elizabeth Anscombe makes a double sided suggestion: that a new ethical theory could be based on a language of virtues and the philosophy of psychology, and that we should, meanwhile, "banish ethics totally from our minds" and use 'thick' concepts without a theory. Our aim is to investigate the relationship between the two and its implications to the movements of virtue ethics and anti-theory.