The eminent philosopher and novelist delivers a comprehensive and compelling statement of the underpinnings of morality. Dame Murdoch draws on the entire history of philosophy--and particularly on Plato and Immanuel Kant--to formulate her own model of morality and demonstrate how thoroughly it is bound up with our daily lives. Murdoch has written ...
The eminent philosopher and novelist delivers a comprehensive and compelling statement of the underpinnings of morality. Dame Murdoch draws on the entire history of philosophy--and particularly on Plato and Immanuel Kant--to formulate her own model of morality and demonstrate how thoroughly it is bound up with our daily lives. Murdoch has written 24 novels and numerous works of philosophy and drama.
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I am not a philosophy student, but find this book a very enjoyable and fascinating read. Iris studiously removes the "self" from her novels, portraying a very distilled world. This books, therefore, gives a wonderful opportunity to relate directly to Iris' thoughts. It is structured as a series of mini lectures, essays etc, which allows a novice to philosophical works the opportunity to dip in and out.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-02-21 British novelist-philosopher Murdoch's treatise on contemporary morality spans such topics as Shakespearean tragedy, Martin Buber's philosophy and the nature of the imagination. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-11-30 The most conspicuous citizens of our epoch, according to Murdoch, are ``demonic individuals,'' egoistic go-getters in pursuit of money, fame, power and sex. The English novelist-philosopher sketches a new morality that would end the compartmentalization of public from private, work from pleasure and aesthetic from ethical concerns. Plato's view of the cosmos, as Murdoch interprets it, speaks to our age and can help us forge a religion without a personal God. Religion should be ``demythologized,'' she urges, adding that religious thinking ought to incorporate the transcendental experiences of mystics, artists and poets. This dense, demanding treatise engages the ideas of Plato, Kant, Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer, Simone Weil, Nietzsche, Jung and structuralists. For diligent readers, it presents many riches as Murdoch ranges from Shakespearean tragedy to Martin Buber's philosophy and the nature of imagination. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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