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Gabriele Taylor

E. Gabriele Taylor (born 11 October 1927) is a British philosopher and university teacher. She was fellow and tutor in philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford, until her retirement in 1996. She notably taught the philosophers Roger Crisp and Constantine Sandis, and the politicians Edwina Currie and Danny Alexander. Since then she has continued work as a senior research fellow of the college, pursuing her own particular interests in ethics.

Early life and education

Taylor was born in 1927 and grew up in Berlin. Her early education was disturbed by the war and at the conclusion of hostilities she and her family found themselves in the British sector of the occupied city. She worked for a while with the Red Cross but ultimately was able to travel to England in 1947 to join a relative already in the country. She then worked part-time whilst also studying and then was successful in gaining a place at St Anne’s in 1952 to read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE). She went on to study for the BPhil in philosophy, which she completed in 1957.[1]

Academic career

On completing her BPhil, Taylor started her teaching career as a lecturer in philosophy at St Anne’s, working alongside Iris Murdoch, who had been a fellow of the college since 1948.[2] Following a spell in Australia teaching at Canberra University College, on her return to England she rejoined the college as a lecturer in 1962 and became a fellow of the college in 1964. During her career as fellow and tutor she taught undergraduates reading most of the Honour Schools involving philosophy as well as supervising graduate students. In the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Taylor also examined and lectured on moral philosophy, Kant and the British Empiricists and gave revision classes on the history of philosophy.

Academic interests

In her role as tutor for the PPE school, Taylor taught the general and moral philosophy courses and special papers for PPE final examinations, and also taught elementary formal logic to first year undergraduates.

Her own research has focused on moral psychology, with a particular interest in the ‘ordinary’ vices traditionally seen as death to the soul.[3] Her best-known works are probably Pride, Shame and Guilt (Oxford University Press 1985)[4] and Deadly Vices (Clarendon Press 2006),[5] which examine the beliefs involved in the experience of these emotions. Tom Hurka described Deadly Vices as 'deeply illuminating ... she takes the neo-Aristotelian view of virtue further than any other writer I know'.[6]


  1. ^ "St Anne's College, Oxford > About the College > E. Gabriele Taylor".
  2. ^ "St Anne's College, Oxford | Supernumerary, Emeritus, Honorary and Senior Research Fellows". Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Works by Gabriele Taylor". PhilPapers. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  4. ^ Pride, Shame, and Guilt: Gabriele Taylor - Oxford University Press. 24 October 1985. ISBN 9780198246206. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  5. ^ Deadly Vices: Hardback: Gabriele Taylor - Oxford University Press. 8 June 2006. ISBN 9780198235804. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  6. ^ ENR // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame (5 April 2007). "Deadly Vices // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 26 October 2013. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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