An Introduction to Elizabeth Anscombe’s Modern Moral Philosophy

Does moral obligation only make sense in the presence of divine authority? A video summary of "Modern Moral Philosophy" by Elizabeth Anscombe, part of a larger playlist about the world's greatest ideas, provides an overview of a newer theory about morality. Through illustrations and examples, the video helps make Anscombe's theory more accessible to viewers.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Make a list of the moral obligations people have
  • Review some older theories of morality from British philosophers
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a basic understanding of morality and basic theories of morality
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  • Uses an analogy of chefs and a lost recipe to expand the concept of how to respond to a situation according to different philosophers
  • Highlights contrasting ideas to help make the concept clearer
  • Narration moves somewhat quickly, which can make the content difficult to follow