Two more papers from 1958 — what a year! Anscombe’s ‘Pretending’ is one of a pair from a symposium — the  other is by J. L. Austin. It’s worth reading both together for a sense not only of the great distance between Anscombe and those practicing ‘ordinary language philosophy’, but also for a glimpse at a startling personality clash! ‘Brute Facts’ takes us back to MMP, and also Foot’s ‘When is a Principle a Moral Principle?’.


  • ‘Pretending’ Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 1958, 32:261-294.
  • ‘On Brute Facts’ Analysis 1958, 18 (3):69 – 72