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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 93, Issue 1, Winter 2019

Graham Hubbs
Pages 129-145
DOI: 10.5840/acpq2018124168

Anscombe on How St. Peter Intentionally Did What He Intended Not to Do

G. E. M. Anscombe’s Intention, meticulous in its detail and its structure, ends on a puzzling note. At its conclusion, Anscombe claims that when he denied Jesus, St. Peter intentionally did what he intended not to do. This essay will examine why Anscombe construes the case as she does and what it might teach us about the nature of practical rationality.