Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Here, drawing on a novelist's insight into art, literature and abnormal psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians—from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to ...

Author: Iris Murdoch

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780140172324

Category: Philosophy

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The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defend any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which make us truly human? Here, drawing on a novelist's insight into art, literature and abnormal psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians—from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to Derrida—to provide fresh and compelling answers to these crucial questions.

Reading Iris Murdoch s Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

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.

Author: Nora Hämäläinen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030189679

Category: Philosophy

Page: 284

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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.

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Wittgenstein does not of course draw any moral conclusions from his critique of 'mental processes' in the Investigations. Nor does he, in places where one might like more detail, offer it. 'Perhaps the word “describe” tricks us here.

Author: Iris Murdoch

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409044055

Category: Philosophy

Page: 544

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The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defend any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which make us truly human? Here, drawing on a novelists insight into art, literature and psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians - from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to Derrida - to provide fresh and compelling answers to these crucial questions.

Picturing the Human

Wolfe , Peter . The Disciplined Heart : Iris Murdoch and Her Novels . Columbia , Mo .: University of Missouri Press , 1966 . B. Reviews and Articles Allen , Diogenes . Review of Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals .

Author: Maria Antonaccio

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195347265

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Iris Murdoch has long been known as one of the most deeply insightful and morally passionate novelists of our time. This attention has often eclipsed Murdoch's sophisticated and influential work as a philosopher, which has had a wide-ranging impact on thinkers in moral philosophy as well as religious ethics and political theory. Yet it has never been the subject of a book-length study in its own right. Picturing the Human seeks to fill this gap. In this groundbreaking book, author Maria Antonaccio presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Murdoch's moral philosophy. Unlike literary critical studies of her novels, it offers a general philosophical framework for assessing Murdoch's thought as a whole. Antonaccio also suggests a new interpretive method for reading Murdoch's philosophy and outlines the significance of her thought in the context of current debates in ethics. This vital study will appeal to those interested in moral philosophy, religious ethics, and literary criticism, and grants those who have long loved Murdoch's novels a closer look at her remarkable philosophy.

Moral Injury and the Promise of Virtue

create relatively clean “moral modes” that are “divided against themselves,” such a clean division is not possible within the complexity of the moral life lived with others (Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 492).

Author: Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030329341

Category: Philosophy

Page: 203

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This book turns to virtue language as an important resource for understanding moral injury, a form of subjectivity where one feels they can no longer strive to be good as a result of wartime experience. Drawing specifically on Iris Murdoch’s moral philosophy, and examining the experiences of civilians during the Bosnian War (1992-5), Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon argues that current research into war and current understandings of subjectivity need new ways to articulate the moral dimension of being a subject if we are to understand how violence affects one’s moral being and development. He develops an understanding of the human person as a tensile moral subject, one that forefronts the moral challenges and vulnerability inherent in lives affected by war. With these resources, Wiinikka-Lydon argues for a moral vocabulary and images of the human as a moral being that can better articulate the experience of violence and moral injury.

A Philosophy to Live By

99 Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 477. 100 Ibid., 13. 101 Murdoch, The Fire and the Sun, 80. 102 Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 475. 103 Murdoch, The Fire and the Sun, 55. 104 Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to ...

Author: Maria Antonaccio

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199855575

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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A Philosophy to Live By highlights Murdoch's distinctive conception of philosophy as a spiritual or existential practice and enlists the resources of her thought to explore a wide range of thinkers and debates at the intersections of moral philosophy, religion, art, and politics.

Why Iris Murdoch Matters

5 I. Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (London: Chatto and Windus, 1992), pp. 185–217. 6 M. Antonaccio, 'Form and Contingency in Ethics', in Antonaccio and Schweiker, Iris Murdoch and the Search for Human Goodness, p. 112.

Author: Gary Browning

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472574503

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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In Why Iris Murdoch Matters Gary Browning draws on as yet unpublished archival material to present an unrivalled overview of Murdoch's work and thought. Browning argues for Murdoch's position amongst the key theorists of modern life, and discusses in detail her engagement with the notion of late modernity. Her multiple perspectives on art, philosophy, religion, politics and the self all relate to how she understands the nature of late modernity. Browning lucidly illustrates that through both her thought and fiction we can grasp the significance of issues that remain of paramount importance today: the possibilities of a moral life without foundations, the meaning of philosophy in a post-metaphysical age, the prospects of politics without ideological certainties and the significance of art after realism. A totally original work arguing persuasively that Iris Murdoch not only matters but is absolutely central to how we think through the contemporary age.

Logos of Phenomenology and Phenomenology of the Logos Book Five

6 Dipple, p. 114. 7 Gordon, David, ''Iris Murdoch's Comedies of Unselfing,'' Twentieth Century Literature. 36.2 (1990): 115–37. 8 Murdoch, Iris, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 1982 (London: Penguin, 1992), 179.

Author: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402037443

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Having established in the ontopoiesis/phenomenology of life the creative function of the human being as the fulcrum of our beingness-in-becoming, let us now turn to investigate the creative logos. In this collection, the momentum of a gathering "creative brainstorm" leads to the vertiginous imaginative transformability of the creative logos as it ciphers through the aesthetic sense, the elements of experience – sensing, feeling, emotions, forming – in works of art, thus lifting human experience into spirit and culture.

The Moral Vision of Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch's moral philosophy, although highly influential in the 20th century, is somewhat unsystematic and inaccessible.

Author: Heather Widdows

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0754636259

Category: Philosophy

Page: 182

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Iris Murdoch's moral philosophy, although highly influential in the 20th century, is somewhat unsystematic and inaccessible. By examining all of Murdoch's contributions to moral philosophy, from her short papers to Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, Heathe

Understanding Immanuel Kant

This book is fourth in a series devoted to helping students understand some of the great works in ethics, social and political philosophy.

Author: Laurence Houlgate

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ISBN: 1728924502

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This book is fourth in a series devoted to helping students understand some of the great works in ethics, social and political philosophy. It has been said that Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals "is the single most important work in modern moral philosophy" (Henry Allison). It is also one of the most difficult books to comprehend, especially for beginning philosophy students. Understanding Immanuel Kant makes Kant accessible to students while at the same time showing why his writings have had such a powerful influence on philosophical ethics. Professor Houlgate's book is not a scholarly monograph on Kant, nor is it a bare-bones outline of Kant's writings. Instead, the book gives the reader an interpretation of Kant in ordinary language, explaining the technical words Kant uses ("analytic," "synthetic," "categorical imperative," "autonomy of the will") and using examples of moral problems drawn from everyday life. The book also shows how Kantian ethics differs from the theories of the other great philosophers represented in the series (Plato, Locke and Mill). Each chapter concludes with questions for thought and discussion and within these questions students will find many topics that can be pursued in term papers.