To Make This Emergence Articulate

Romand Coles

in In Search of Goodness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226306834
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306858 | DOI:
To Make This Emergence Articulate

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This chapter presents the recognition that alternative visions of goodness are required in a world where the dominant vision of “goodness” is deeply implicated in evil. It turns to Iris Murdoch's writings to display how to envision goodness differently by attending to beauty and its connections to excellence, contingency, and tragedy. Murdoch's conception of the good is rooted in an affective-aesthetic engagement with the “unself” that engenders an energetic crosscurrent in the midst of the hyperactive productions of the ego. She offers an aesthetic sensibility that greatly resists the ideological character of most aesthetic reflection. In relation to the aesthetic intensity of the land, Flagstaff was developing a rich emergent tradition of citizen action to protect and improve common goods. In Flagstaff, the crosscurrent rivulets and back eddies were shown in order to advance possibilities for undomesticated flows of more generous and receptive practice beyond the canalized mainstreams.

Keywords: goodness; Iris Murdoch; Flagstaff; good; beauty; excellence; contingency; tragedy

Chapter.  9593 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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