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Iris Murdoch, Philosopher$
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Justin Broackes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289905.001.0001

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Iris Murdoch and Existentialism

Iris Murdoch and Existentialism

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Iris Murdoch, Philosopher

Richard Moran

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to correct a widespread impression both of her own work and of the legacy of existentialism. On this view Murdoch’s engagement with Sartrean existentialism was both brief and misguided, and she soon saw through the both impoverished and exaggerated view of the will in that philosophy. To the contrary, this chapter argues that there is an existentialist influence in some of the most characteristic ideas of Murdoch’s mature writings, and that in her rejection of existentialism she presents a caricature of that philosophy.

Keywords:   Sartre, existentialism, attention, choice, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein

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