RIP Philippa Foot

Philippa
Foot


B. 1920

Telling Right From Wrong

She argued for another way to think about morality.

By JAMES RYERSON

Steve Pyke/Getty Images.

TRUE VALUE The philosopher in 1990.

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN once said that in philosophy, it is hard to work as slowly as you should. When the British philosopher Philippa Foot finally published “Natural Goodness,” her first and only book-length statement of her thinking, at age 80 in 2001, an editor at Oxford University Press recalled Wittgenstein’s challenge. “Well,” he said, “that is a problem that Philippa seems to have solved.”

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