A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch by Maria Antonaccio

By Maria Antonaccio

Iris Murdoch's philosophy has lengthy attracted readers trying to find a morally severe but humane point of view on human existence. Her eloquent demand "a theology that may proceed with out God" has been specially appealing to those that locate that they could reside neither with faith nor with no it. by way of constructing a kind of considering that's neither completely secular nor generally spiritual, Murdoch sought to recapture the existential or non secular import of philosophy. lengthy earlier than the present wave of curiosity in non secular routines, she approached philosophy not just as an instructional discourse, yet as a tradition whose target is the transformation of belief and awareness. As she placed it, an ethical philosophy might be in a position to being "inhabited"; that's, it's going to be "a philosophy you could reside by."

In A Philosophy to dwell through, Maria Antonaccio argues that Murdoch's inspiration embodies an ascetic version of philosophy for modern lifestyles. Extending and complementing the argument of her past monograph, Picturing the Human: the ethical considered Iris Murdoch, this new paintings establishes Murdoch's carrying on with relevance by way of attractive her proposal with various modern thinkers and debates in ethics from a point of view expert by means of Murdoch's philosophy as a complete. one of the trendy philosophers engaged listed below are Charles Taylor, Martha Nussbaum, Stephen Mulhall, John Rawls, Pierre Hadot, and Michel Foucault, and theologians comparable to Stanley Hauerwas, David Tracy, William Schweiker, and others. those engagements symbolize a sustained attempt to imagine with Murdoch, but additionally past her, by means of enlisting the assets of her idea to discover wider debates on the intersections of ethical philosophy, faith, artwork, and politics, and in doing so, to light up the particular styles and tropes of her philosophical sort.

Show description

Read or Download A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch PDF

Best ethics & morality books

Einführung in die Phänomenologie der Erkenntnis: Vorlesung 1909

Der vorliegende Band enthält den textual content der Vorlesung, die Husserl unter dem Titel "Einführung in die Phänomenologie der Erkenntnis" in Göttingen im Sommersemester 1909 gehalten hat. Im ersten Teil dieser Vorlesung setzt Husserl sich mit dem Verhältnis von "allgemeiner Phänomenologie und phänomenologischer Philosophie" auseinander.

Virtue Ethics: Dewey And Macintyre (Continuum Studies in American Philosophy)

Glossy moral concept has skilled a resurgence of curiosity within the virtues. lengthy relegated to the traditional and medieval previous, advantage conception is now thought of by way of many to be a workable replacement to the differently dominant Kantian and Utilitarian moral theories. Alasdair Maclntyre is a imperative determine during this circulate, whose paintings types an increasing but constant and influential undertaking to deal with basic concerns in moral conception and American tradition.

Alain Badiou: Philosophy and Its Conditions

An advent to Badiou's philosophical proposal and its implications for different humanistic disciplines and the social sciences.

Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide

At the family tree of Morality is Nietzsche's such a lot influential, provocative, and hard paintings of ethics. during this quantity of newly commissioned essays, fourteen top philosophers provide clean insights into a number of the work's important questions: How did our dominant values originate and what features do they honestly serve?

Additional info for A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch

Sample text

And Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2003), 30. Murdoch, “Knowing the Void,” 613. Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, 46. This page intentionally left blank part i Metaphysics and the Idea of the Individual This page intentionally left blank 1 the virtues of metaphysics The problem about philosophy, and about life, is how to relate large impressive illuminating general conceptions to the mundane (“messing about”) details or ordinary personal private existence. But can we still use these great images, can they go on helping us?

Murdoch, “Vision and Choice in Morality” in Existentialists and Mystics, 80–81. For a detailed analysis of Murdoch’s challenge to analytic ethics, see Picturing the Human, especially chapter 2. : Harvard University, 2006). Murdoch, “Metaphysics and Ethics,” in Existentialists and Mystics, 75. , Charles Taylor, “Iris Murdoch and Moral Philosophy,” in Iris Murdoch and the Search for Human Goodness, ed. Antonaccio and Schweiker, 3–28. Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 292. ” Spectator (November 2, 1956): 613–614; the quotation is on 613.

35 In his collected papers, Taylor accepts what he calls the “expressive” view of language. ”36 However, in contrast to more subjectivist forms of expressivism, Taylor favors the view that what comes to expression in language is not merely the self, but a way of being in the world related to a speech community. ”37 For Murdoch more so than for Taylor, however, what is at stake in the debate over language is the status of the individual as agent. Whereas Taylor seems to grant 30 a philosophy to live by the social and linguistic constitution of identity, Murdoch was more circumspect.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 33 votes