The Sovereignty of Good

The Sovereignty of Good

by Iris Murdoch
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Mary Midgley
Iris ... never minded being unfashionable. That is what makes The Sovereignty of Goodso good - what makes it, still, one of the very few modern books of philosophy which people outside academic philosophy find really helpful.
Sunday Telegraph
The theme is the inadequacy of the account of human nature and value provided by contemporary, academic analytic philosophy. Murdoch's attack is the fruit of a thorough professional involvement with the school of thought to which she is opposed.
Guardian
All three essays which make up this book are superb . . . She has carefully pondered all that logical analysis, existentialism, Marxism, Freudianism can say, has learned from them, and yet is able to present an old-fashioned view with complete modernity.
From the Publisher
'One of the very few modern books of philosophy which people outside academic philosophy find really useful.' - Mary Midgely

' ... Murdoch's attack is the fruit of a thorough professional involvement with the school of thought to which she is opposed.' - Anthony Quinton, Sunday Telegraph

'All three essays which make up this book, The Idea of Perfection, On 'God' and 'Good', and The Sovereignty of Good over Other Concepts, are superb.' - The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134575701
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/04/2013
Series:
Routledge Great Minds
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
589,489
File size:
1 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >