Geach and Anscombe

I just came across this photograph of Peter Geach and Elizabeth Anscombe, and was reminded of a tutorial many years ago (see comment in my Bio section). It was already intimidating to read and discuss an essay with the ferociously logical and critical Geach, so to find her sitting beside him was terrifying.

She was wearing a black trouser-suit and smoking a huge Cuban cigar. Here was his wife, Professor Elizabeth Anscombe of Cambridge University, who he had met in Wittgenstein's research class and who he always referred to in speech as "Miss" Anscombe. Fortunately she just asked me one question.

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