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Picturing the Human: The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch


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Iris Murdoch has long been known as one of the most deeply insightful and morally passionate novelists of our time. This attention has often eclipsed Murdoch's sophisticated and influential work as a philosopher, which has had a wide-ranging impact on thinkers in moral philosophy as well as religious ethics and political theory. Yet it has never been the subject of a book-length study in its own right.

Picturing the Human seeks to fill this gap. In this groundbreaking book, author Maria Antonaccio presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Murdoch's moral philosophy. Unlike literary critical studies of her novels, it offers a general philosophical framework for assessing Murdoch's thought as a whole. Antonaccio also suggests a new interpretive method for reading Murdoch's philosophy and outlines the significance of her thought in the context of current debates in ethics. This vital study will appeal to those interested in moral philosophy, religious ethics, and literary criticism, and grants those who have long loved Murdoch's novels a closer look at her remarkable philosophy.


- Will appeal to adimirers of the recent popular memoir, Elegy for Iris.- A unique examiniation of the thinking of an extaordinary novelist and philosopher.

About the Author

Maria Antonaccio is assistant professor of religion at Bucknell University.

Table of Contents


The Character of Ireland

Dublin of the Old Statues

A Brighter Life

Hoary with History

Dirty Streets and Proud People

In My Childhood Trees Were Green

An Ulster Twilight

Bitter Memories

A Nation of Lunaticks!

The Irish Question

The Fields Beyond the House

Brown Rain Falling Heavily

The Thick and Bloody Fight

The Amazing Power of Emblems

The Famish'd Lane

Farewell to Barn and Stack and Tree

Ancestral Houses

Western Landscape

Puritan Ireland

Sean nos/Old Style

The Stereophonic Nightmare

The War Against the Past


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The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch
Antonaccio, Maria
null, Maria
Oxford University Press
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Philosophy | Ethics
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy | Ethics and Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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