A BLUE plaque to commemorate an Oxford philosopher could be installed in Jericho.

The Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board wants to install it in Walton Street, to commemorate Philippa Foot and the house where she lived from 1972 to 2010.

The board submitted an application to Oxford City Council, the planning authority.

Mrs Foot was a moral philosopher who studied at the University of Oxford’s Somerville College and was inspired by the ethics of Aristotle.

Her work with Somerville, interrupted only by government service as an economist from 1942 to 1947, continued for the rest of her life.

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A design and heritage statement submitted as part of the application said: “The plaque will be of cast aluminium, painted mid-blue with white characters.

“Although the addition of a plaque constitutes an alteration to the façade, this consideration should be balanced against the historical significance of the subject commemorated.

“Philippa Foot was a very significant and influential thinker in the field of moral philosophy and is regarded as a major philosopher of the period.

“She framed a fresh approach now known as ‘virtue ethics’ and acquired an international reputation which continued to grow in her lifetime and after her death."

The council is expected to make a decision by January 18 next year.

The Oxfordshire Blue Plaques scheme promotes recognition and awareness of people, places and events that have been of lasting significance in the county or more widely.

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This story was written by Anna Colivicchi, she joined the team this year and covers health stories for the Oxfordshire papers. 

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