Agencies of the Good in the Work of Iris Murdoch

Agencies of the Good in the Work of Iris Murdoch

by Diana Phillips

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Agencies of the Good in the Work of Iris Murdoch by Diana Phillips

In part one Iris Murdoch's work is set against its contemporary background. Her concept of Man, as seen both in her fiction and in her philosophical work, is discussed with special attention being paid to the influence of Plato, J.P. Sartre, Simone Weil, Gabriel Marcel and the linguistic philosophers. Murdoch's views on the Good, and on Love, Death and Art, her main agencies of the Good, are then dealt with in greater detail. In part two five novels, which are representative of her literary output, are examined in greater depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631442067
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/1991
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

The Author: Having read Germanic philology at the University of Louvain, Diana Phillips obtained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of London in 1989. She is at present lecturer in English at the University of Antwerp (RUCA) and has published a number of articles on contemporary British novelists.

Table of Contents

Contents: Iris Murdoch's Conception of the Novel - The Philosophical Background - Love, Death and Art as Agencies of the Good - Romantic Love Versus Spiritual Love in 'The Bell' and 'The Unicorn' - Love and Death in 'Bruno's Dream' - The Complementarity of Good and Evil in 'A Fairly Honourable Defeat' - Love and Art in 'The Black Prince'.

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