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The Virtues of Metaphysics: A Review of Iris Murdoch’s Philosophical Writings

Maria Antonaccio

in Iris Murdoch, Philosopher

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199289905
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289905.003.0006
The Virtues of Metaphysics: A Review of Iris Murdoch’s Philosophical Writings

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Iris Murdoch’s moral philosophy is just beginning to receive the kind of sustained critical attention that it deserves. This chapter provides an overview of Murdoch’s thought and places her philosophy in the context of contemporary trends in moral inquiry. After assessing the critical reception of Murdoch’s thought, the chapter traces her influence on the work of Charles Taylor, highlight the distinctive features of her moral philosophy, and suggests some future trajectories for an ethics inspired by her thought.

Keywords: metaphysics; empiricism; consciousness; moral psychology; linguistic turn; religion; ontological proof; existentialism; practical mysticism; imagination

Chapter.  12878 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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