This paper will not examine the evaluative and historical questions that have arisen about this debate. Instead, it will provide an extensive reformulation and explanation of the philosophical arguments employed by both Lewis and Anscombe which are contained in their published works that are directly related to the debate. These works are the first edition of Miracles,3 which contains the argument that forms the basis of the debate, the essay that Anscombe read at the Socratic Club, and Lewis’ second edition of Miracles. Hopefully, this will serve to clarify the concepts, issues, and arguments employed in the debate and its aftermath, so that any lingering misconceptions about these matters might be corrected. It may also lead to a better understanding of the debate itself, which will contribute to a resolution of the ongoing historical and evaluative controversies surrounding it. Moreover, an enhanced understanding of the debate may lead to greater appreciation of the contribution made by Lewis and Anscombe to an interesting and important philosophical issue that continues to generate philosophical and theological disagreement.
Taylor, James E.
"The Lewis-Anscombe Debate: A Philosophical Reformulation,"
Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/cslewisjournal/vol4/iss1/5