Iris Murdoch and Existentialism

Richard Moran

in Iris Murdoch, Philosopher

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199289905
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728471 | DOI:
Iris Murdoch and Existentialism

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This chapter seeks to correct a widespread impression both of her own work and of the legacy of existentialism. On this view Murdoch’s engagement with Sartrean existentialism was both brief and misguided, and she soon saw through the both impoverished and exaggerated view of the will in that philosophy. To the contrary, this chapter argues that there is an existentialist influence in some of the most characteristic ideas of Murdoch’s mature writings, and that in her rejection of existentialism she presents a caricature of that philosophy.

Keywords: Sartre; existentialism; attention; choice; Kierkegaard; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  9095 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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