Reading Iris Murdoch's Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Gillian Dooley (Editor), Nora Hamalainen (Editor)

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Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals was Iris Murdoch’s major philosophical testament and a highly original and ambitious attempt to talk about our time. Yet in the scholarship on her philosophical work thus far it has often been left in the shade of her earlier work. This volume brings together 16 scholars who offer accessible readings of chapters and themes in the book, connecting them to Murdoch’s larger oeuvre, as well as to central themes in 20th century and contemporary thought. The essays bring forth the strength, originality, and continuing relevance of Murdoch’s late thought, addressing, among other matters, her thinking about the Good, the role and nature of metaphysics in the contemporary world, the roles of art in human understanding, questions of unity and plurality in thinking, the possibilities of spiritual life without God, and questions of style and sensibility in intellectual work.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-18967-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-18966-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Descartes
  • Kant
  • Martin Buber
  • Plato
  • the Philosopher's pupil
  • the green knight
  • the message to the planet
  • the book and the brotherhood


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    Dooley, G., Hamalainen, N., White, F. & Leeson, M., 14 Apr 2022

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