Iris Murdoch and the Search for Human Goodness

Iris Murdoch and the Search for Human Goodness

by Maria Antonaccio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226021130

ISBN-13: 9780226021133

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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

Maria Antonaccio is assistant professor of religion at Bucknell University. William Schweiker is associate professor of theological ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School and is author of Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology, and Ethics and Responsibility and Christian Ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226021133
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Maria Antonaccio, William Schweiker.
1: Iris Murdoch and Moral Philosophy
Charles Taylor
2: Love and Vision: Iris Murdoch on Eros and the Individual
Martha C. Nussbaum
3: Iris Murdoch and the Many Faces of Platonism
David Tracy
4: "We Are Perpetually Moralists": Irish Murdoch, Fact, and Value
Cora Diamond
5: Form and Contingency in Iris Murdoch's Ethics
Maria Antonaccio
6: The Green Knight and Other Vagaries of the Spirit; or, Tricks and Images
for the Human Soul; or, The Uses of Imaginative Literature
Elizabeth Dipple
7: On the Loss of Theism
Franklin I. Gamwell
8: Murdochian Muddles: Can We Get Through Them If God Does Not Exist?
Stanley Hauerwas
9: The Sovereignty of God's Goodness
William Schweiker
Appendix: Metaphysics and Ethics
Iris Murdoch
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index

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