The Sovereignty of Good

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Routledge, Jul 4, 2013 - Philosophy - 110 pages
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Iris Murdoch was one of the great philosophers and novelists of the twentieth century and The Sovereignty of Good is her most important and enduring philosophical work. She argues that philosophy has focused, mistakenly, on what it is right to do rather than good to be and that only by restoring the notion of ‘vision’ to moral thinking can this distortion be corrected. This brilliant work shows why Iris Murdoch remains essential reading: a vivid and uncompromising style, a commitment to forceful argument, and a courage to go against the grain.

With a foreword by Mary Midgley.


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User Review  - reganrule - LibraryThing

Iris Murdoch, following G.E.M. Anscombe’s foundational 1958 critique of modern moral theories, refines and narrows the critique to address the specific problem of the ideal moral agent in The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex Sarll - Goodreads

She's essentially telling the philosophical mainstream of her day to stop being useless tits. Which is fair, but, if one is not a professional philosopher of that period, not something one really needs to read. Read full review


1 The Idea of Perfection
2 On God and Good
3 The Sovereignty of Good Over Other Concepts

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Iris Murdoch was one of the twentieth century's most prominent novelists, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea. She died in 1999.

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