Metaphysics As A Guide To Morals

Paperback | March 1, 1994

byIris Murdoch

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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 defend 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 novelist's 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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By drawing on the writings of philosophers past, especially Plato and Kant, the late, great Iris Murdoch forms a practical guide to morality that makes intuitive sense. Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals is a brilliant investigation into how morality affects our everyday lives without our even noticing. Fans of the prolific author's work...

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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 defend any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which ...

Iris Murdoch was one of the twentieth century's most prominent novelists, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea. She died in 1999.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140172327

ISBN - 13:9780140172324

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals1. Conceptions of Unity. Art
2. Fact and Value
3. Schopenhauer
4. Art and Religion
5. Comic and Tragic
6. Consciousness and Thought - I
7. Derrida and Structuralism
8. Consciousness and Thought - II
9. Wittgenstein and the Inner Life
10. Notes on Will and Duty
11. Imagination
12. Morals and Politics
13. The Ontological Proof
14. Descartes and Kant
15. Martin Buber and God
16. Morality and Religion
17. Axioms, Duties, Eros
18. Void
19. Metaphysics: A Summary
Acknowledgments
Index

From Our Editors

By drawing on the writings of philosophers past, especially Plato and Kant, the late, great Iris Murdoch forms a practical guide to morality that makes intuitive sense. Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals is a brilliant investigation into how morality affects our everyday lives without our even noticing. Fans of the prolific author's work and newcomers alike will be captivated by her imaginative and incisive view of our modern society. You'll be forced to ask yourself complicated questions about your own morality after enjoying this text.

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"Iris Murdoch has written a book which concerns all of us as human beings There are pages here that one wants to embrace her for, pages that say things of fundamental human importance in a way that they have never quite been said before" —Noel Malcolm in the Sunday Telegraph"This is philosophy dragged from the cloister, dusted down and made freshly relevant to suffering and egoism, death and religious ecstasy and how we feel compasison for others" —Terry Eagleton in the Guardian"Gripping it enchants with a clause that sets you daydreaming, captivates with a stream of thought, empowers with reminiscences" —Ian Hacking in the London Review of Books"Anyone who has even the slightest interest in philosophical matters will find Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals an utterly absorbing book" —The Wall Street Journal"Remarkable Iris Murdoch has once again put us all in her debt." —Alasdair MacIntyre in The New York Times Book Review