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Existentialists and mystics : writings on philosophy and literature

Author: Iris Murdoch; Peter J Conradi
Publisher: New York : Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Best known for her novels and longer philosophical works, Iris Murdoch is also a brilliant essayist and critic. Existentialists and Mystics gathers together for the first time in one volume the most influential and inspiring of her essays and shorter pieces." "The selection, by Professor Peter Conradi, starts with an illuminating interview of Dame Iris Murdoch by Bryan Magee, and is organized to illustrate her  Read more...
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Named Person: Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iris Murdoch; Peter J Conradi
ISBN: 0713992255 9780713992250
OCLC Number: 37527739
Description: xxx, 546 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Literature and philosophy: a conversation with Bryan Magee --
Thinking and language --
Nostalgia for the particular --
Metaphysics and ethics --
Vision and choice in morality --
The novelist as metaphysician --
The existentialist hero --
Sartre's The emotions: outline of a theory --
De Beauvoir's The ethics of ambiguity --
The image of mind --
The existentialist political myth --
Hegel in modern dress --
Existentialist bite --
Knowing the void --
T.S. Eliot as a moralist --
A house of theory --
Mass, might and myth --
The darkness of practical reason --
The sublime and the good --
Existentialists and mystics --
Salvation by words --
Art is the imitaiton of nature --
The sublime and the beautiful revisited --
Against dryness --
The idea of perfection --
on 'God' and 'good' --
The sovereignty of good over other concepts --
The fire and the sun: why Plato banished the artists --
Art and Eros: a dialogue about art --
Above the gods: a dialogue about religion.
Responsibility: Iris Murdoch.

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"Best known for her novels and longer philosophical works, Iris Murdoch is also a brilliant essayist and critic. Existentialists and Mystics gathers together for the first time in one volume the most influential and inspiring of her essays and shorter pieces." "The selection, by Professor Peter Conradi, starts with an illuminating interview of Dame Iris Murdoch by Bryan Magee, and is organized to illustrate her training and development as a thinker, her rejection of the sterility of Anglo-American and Sartrean philosophers alike, and her journey toward Platonism and a practical mysticism. She negotiates her ideological opponents with elegance and scruple, and draws on a novelist's insight into art and literature to throw new light on philosophy."--Jacket.

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