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Iris Murdoch and the Art of Imagining

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. 'How can we make ourselves morally better?': A Thought on Ethics; 2. The Philosophical Imaginary; 3. Literature and Character; 4. Imagination; 5. Religion, Morality and Philosophy; Conclusion; Bibliography.

About the Author

Marije Altorf is Lecturer and Programme Director of Philosophy at St Mary's College, Twickenham.


Mention -Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2009 Mention -Book News, November 2008 Reviewed in The European Legacy, Vol. 16, No. 1 Mention --Book News, November 2008 Mention --Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2009 Mention Book News, November 2008 Mention Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2009 "Altorf ... discusses Murdoch's objection to the widely held philosophical notion that the unexamined life is not worth living. She states that for Murdoch artists may portray moral ideals and actions that are not amenable to exact explanation. Thus we get a sense that it is perhaps through the imagination that one confronts the limits of imaging. Altorf's work opens an exploration of this notion as well as other intricacies of Murdoch's thinking, which will, I hope, prompt the reader to explore the depths of Murdoch's wide array of writings." - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews--Sanford Lakoff 'Altorf has created far more than a book on Iris Murdoch - imagery and imagination inspire the portrait of a woman philosopher. Employing the philosophical imaginary of Michele Le Doeuff, Altorf explores the art which captures the originality of Murdoch as a woman who writes novels and philosophy.' Pamela Sue Anderson, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, UK "A welcome addition to the growing secondary literature on the philosophical writings of Iris Murdoch." -Sabina Lovibond, Religious Studies, Vol. 45, 2009

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