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The Murdochian Mind

Edited by: Silvia Caprioglio Panizza , Mark Hopwood

Print publication date:  June  2022
Online publication date:  June  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367468019
eBook ISBN: 9781003031222
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003031222
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Book description

Iris Murdoch was a philosopher and novelist of extraordinary breadth and originality whose work defies simple categorisation. Her philosophical writing engages with an astonishingly wide range of figures, from Plato and Kant to Sartre and Heidegger, and her work increasingly inspires debate in ethics, aesthetics, religion, and literature.





The Murdochian Mind is an outstanding reference source to the full span of Murdoch's philosophical work, comprising 37 specially commissioned chapters written by an international team of leading scholars. Divided into five clear parts, the volume covers the following areas:









  • A guide to Murdoch's key philosophical texts, including The Sovereignty of Good and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals.


  • Core themes and concepts in Murdoch's philosophy, such as love, moral vision, and attention.


  • Murdoch's engagement with the history of philosophy, including Plato, Kant, Hegel, Simone Weil, and Wittgenstein.


  • Interdisciplinary connections with art, literature, and religion, including Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity.


  • Murdoch and contemporary philosophical debates, including feminism, virtue ethics, and metaethics.


  • The application of Murdoch’s thought to applied ethics, including animal ethics, psychiatric ethics, and the environment.






Although recent years have seen a blossoming of interest in Murdoch’s philosophy, The Murdochian Mind is the first volume to do justice to the incredibly rich and wide-ranging nature of her work. As such it will be of great interest to students of philosophy, especially ethics and aesthetics, as well as those in related disciplines such as literature, religion, and gender studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Importance of Murdoch's Early Encounters with Marcel and Anscombe Download PDF
Chapter  2:  How to Read The Sovereignty of Good  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  How to Read The Fire and the Sun  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  How to Read Acastos  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  How to Read Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  How Iris Murdoch Can Change Your Life Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Murdoch and Me Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Thinking, Language, and Concepts Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Inwardness in Ethics  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Moral Vision Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Attention Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Love Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Virtue  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Good Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Ontological Argument Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Care for the Ordinary Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Murdoch and Plato Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Murdoch and Kant Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Murdoch and Hegel Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Murdoch and Heidegger Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Murdoch and Sartre Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Murdoch and Weil Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Murdoch and Wittgenstein Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Murdoch and K. E. Løgstrup Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Art, Beauty, and Morality Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Is Murdoch a Philosophical Novelist? Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Writing Morally Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Murdoch and Christianity Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Murdoch and Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Murdoch and Jewish Thought Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Murdoch and Politics Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Murdoch and Feminism Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Nature and the Environment Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Loving Attention to Animals Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Psychiatric Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Moral Injury Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Civility Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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