Iris Murdoch and the Search for Human Goodness

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Maria Antonaccio, William Schweiker
University of Chicago Press, Dec 1, 1996 - Art - 266 pages
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A noted philosopher and one of the most gifted and prolific novelists of the twentieth century, Iris Murdoch has anticipated and shaped many of the issues central to current ethics. These include the relation between human identity and ideas of the good, the effect of the modern critique of religion on moral thought, the relation between ethics and literature, and the contemporary debate about liberalism. In the most comprehensive engagement with Murdoch's work to date, this volume gathers contributions from philosophers, theologians, and a literary critic to explore the significance of her ideas for contemporary thought.

Inspired by Murdoch's tenacious wrestling with basic questions of human existence, these essays not only clarify her thoughts on human goodness, but also move beyond the academy to reflect on how we can and ought to undertake the human adventure in our daily lives.

Contributors are Charles Taylor, Martha Nussbaum, David Tracy, Cora Diamond, Maria Antonaccio, Elizabeth Dipple, Franklin I. Gamwell, Stanley Hauerwas, and William Schweiker. This volume also includes "Metaphysics and Ethics," a classic essay by Iris Murdoch.

 

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Contents

Iris Murdoch and Moral Philosophy
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Individual
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Iris Murdoch and the Many Faces of Platonism
54
Iris Murdoch
79
Form and Contingency in Iris Murdochs Ethics
110
The Green Knight and Other Vagaries of the Spirit
138
On the Loss of Theism
171
Does Not Exist?
190
BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
259
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