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Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals by Iris Murdoch
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Mar 01, 1994 | ISBN 9780140172324

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“Remarkable—Iris Murdoch has once again put us all in her debt.” —The New York Times Book Review 

“Anyone who has even the slightest interest in philosophical matters will find Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals an utterly absorbing book.” —The Wall Street Journal 

“Lively, witty, and spellbinding, written by a sleuth on the trail of the meaning of Life.” —Peter Mullen, The Daily Mail

“Sets you daydreaming, captivates with a stream of thought, empowers with reminiscences.” —London Review of Books 

“Gripping . . . Iris Murdoch has written a book which concerns all of us as human beings . . . There are pages here that one wants to embrace her for, pages that say things of fundamental human importance in a way that they have never quite been said before.” —Noel Malcolm, The Sunday Telegraph

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals is a prodigious roller coaster of a book, a journey through philosophy, religion, literature, art—less a guide than a gigantic survey, a mapping, providing readers with the means to find their own ways . . . I know of no other writer who could have covered such large areas with such authority, nor had the courage to treat fashion with such disdain.” —Nicholas Mosley, The Daily Telegraph

“A large, elaborate and visionary philosophical essay . . . richly stimulating . . . this is a significant book, lambent with insights, intelligence, and profound concern.” —A. C. Grayling, The Financial Times 

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals is really a much needed Guide to Life. ‘Good is the reality of which God is the dream’ is a line of simple beauty, distilling philosophical insight into purest poetry.” —Josephine Hart, The Sunday Express

“It is a great congested work, a foaming sourcebook, about life, imagination, tragedy, philosophy, morality, religion, and art.” —Galen Strawson, The Independent on Sunday 

Table Of Contents

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals1. Conceptions of Unity. Art
2. Fact and Value
3. Schopenhauer
4. Art and Religion
5. Comic and Tragic
6. Consciousness and Thought – I
7. Derrida and Structuralism
8. Consciousness and Thought – II
9. Wittgenstein and the Inner Life
10. Notes on Will and Duty
11. Imagination
12. Morals and Politics
13. The Ontological Proof
14. Descartes and Kant
15. Martin Buber and God
16. Morality and Religion
17. Axioms, Duties, Eros
18. Void
19. Metaphysics: A Summary

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