The Virtues of Metaphysics
This chapter provides a detailed overview of Murdoch’s philosophy as a whole, reviewing its major themes, chartings its influence and contributions to current thought, and suggesting its future prospects and applications. As such, it offers a summary of many of the themes contained in the rest of this volume. This chapter also includes a reading both of Existentialists and Mystics (the collection of Murdoch’s philosophical writings edited by Peter Conradi), as well as her last published work, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals. Central to my argument in this chapter is the importance of what Murdoch called “the two-way movement in philosophy” between metaphysics and empiricism, a fundamental pattern in Murdoch’s thought that recurs in different guises throughout her philosophy.
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