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Iris Murdoch, Philosopher

Justin Broackes


This book offers a detailed introduction to Iris Murdoch's philosophical work, especially the moral philosophy of The Sovereignty of Good (1970). Murdoch argued for an important and distinctive position, in opposition to the mid‐20th‐century analytic philosophers like R. M. Hare and Stuart Hampshire, and to existentialists like Sartre. Murdoch combined a form of moral realism or ‘naturalism’, allowing into the world cases of such properties as humility or generosity; an anti‐scientism; a rejection of Humean moral psychology; a sort of ‘particularism’; special attention to the virtues; and emph ... More

Keywords: Iris Murdoch, Stuart Hampshire, Wittgenstein, Simone Weil, moral realism, moral psychology, virtues, moral perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199289905
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Broackes, editor
Brown University, Rhode Island