Metaphysics as a guide to morals

by Iris Murdoch

Hardcover, 1993




New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 1993.


The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defence any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which make us truly human? Here, drawing on a novelists insight into art, literature and abnormal psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians - from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to Derrida - to provide fresh and compelling answers to these crucial questions.

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The book is comprised of several of Murdoch's essays on moral philosophy. The kerygma of her writings is goodness, a concept that she believes to be the highest moral pursuit. She calls for greater attention to human needs and loving interaction.



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