Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature

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Penguin, 1999 - Philosophy - 546 pages
Best known as the author of twenty-six novels, Iris Murdoch has also made significant contributions to the fields of ethics and aesthetics. Collected here for the first time in one volume are her most influential literary and philosophical essays. Tracing Murdoch's journey to a modern Platonism, this volume includes incisive evaluations of the thought and writings of T. S. Eliot, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvior, and Elias Canetti, as well as key texts on the continuing importance of the sublime, on the concept of love, and the role great literature can play in curing the ills of philosophy. Existentialists and Mystics not only illuminates the mysticism and intellectual underpinnings of Murdoch's novels, but confirms her major contributions to twentieth-century thought.
 

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Gathered here are essays by philosopher-novelist Murdoch, whose cool, clear thoughts on goodness and beauty offer sanctuary to all weary refugees from moral relativism. The selections, edited by ... Read full review

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Most readers think of Murdoch first as a novelist, but as this excellent anthology makes clear, she is an outstanding philosopher as well. After World War II, she established herself as an authority ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
A Conversation with Bryan Magee
3
Nostalgia for the Particular 195157
31
Thinking and Language
33
Nostalgia for the Particular
43
Metaphysics and Ethics
59
Vision and Choice in Morality
76
Encountering Existentialism 195059
99
A House of Theory
171
Mass Might and Myth
187
The Darkness of Practical Reason
193
Towards a Practical Mysticism 195978
203
The Sublime and the Good
205
Existentialists and Mystics
221
Salvation by Words
235
Art is the Imitation of Nature
243

The Novelist as Metaphysician
101
The Existentialist Hero
108
Outline of a Theory
116
De Beauvoirs The Ethics of Ambiguity
122
The Image of Mind
125
The Existentialist Political Myth
130
Hegel in Modern Dress
146
Existentialist Bite
151
The Need for Theory 195666
155
Knowing the Void
157
T S Eliot as a Moralist
161
Can Literature Help Cure the Ills of Philosophy? 195961
259
The Sublime and the Beautiful Revisited
261
Against Dryness
287
Rereading Plato 196486
297
The Idea of Perfection
299
On God and Good
337
The Sovereignty of Good Over Other Concepts
363
Why Plato Banished the Artists
386
A Dialogue about Art
464
A Dialogue about Religion
496
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Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was born in Dublin and brought up in London. She studied philosophy at Cambridge and was a philosophy fellow at St. Anne's College for 20 years. She published her first novel in 1954 and was instantly recognized as a major talent. She went on to publish more than 26 novels, as well as works of philosophy, plays, and poetry.

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