Iris Murdoch
Penguin Books, New York, 1993; based on Murdoch's 1982 Gifford lectures at the University of Edinburgh, English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9780713991000

From the Publisher. 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 enroachments 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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Stanley Tigerman

Iris Murdoch uses metaphysics brilliantly as she ambles through the history of morality.

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