Four Formidable Women Philosophers

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom

Remarkably, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch graduated from Oxford within a few years of each other in the 1930s. Each one worked against the central currents of analytic philosophy prevailing among English philosophers in the middle of the 20th Century, and all of them left an indelible impression on the field. Two new books revisit their accomplishments and assess their work. Thomas Nagel knew two of them personally, and reviews the books here.

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