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Jul 01, 1999 | ISBN 9780140264920

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“Brilliantly readable . . . Murdoch can make the most demanding questions of life accessible and exciting.” —The Baltimore Sun

Existentialists and Mystics desribes the intellectual journey of a lifetime. This book is Murdoch’s key. Readers will find much here to stimulate, entertain and edify. No one conveys the beauty and excitement of philosophy better than Murdoch.” —Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph

“Murdoch, a wondrous writer and a careful student of the history of thought, is endowed a rare talent for philosophical writing—she offers, in accessible prose, insight into some of the great questoins that have preoccupied thinkers for centuries.” —San Diego Union 

“Tight, graceful writing, and a pleasure to read . . . [Murdoch’s moral theory] has a real claim to our attention.” —Elijah Millgram, The Boston Review 

“A perceptive investigation into the symbiotic relationship of philosophy and literature.” —The Guardian

Table Of Contents

Existentialists and Mystics Foreword
Editor’s Preface
Part One: Prologue
Literature and Philosophy: A Conversation with Bryan Magee
Part Two: Nostalgia for the Particular, 1951-57
Thinking and Language
Nostalgia for the Particular
Metaphysics and Ethics
Vision and Choice in Morality
Part Three: Encountering Existentialism, 1950-59
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
Part Four: The Need for Theory, 1956-66
Knowing the Void
T. S. Eliot as a Moralist
A House of Theory
Mass, Might and Myth
The Darkness of Practical Reason
Part Five: Towards a Practical Mysticism, 1959-78
The Sublime and the Good
Existentialists and Mystics
Salvation by Words
Art is the Imitation of Nature
Part Six: Can Literature Help Cure The Ills of Philosophy? 1959-61
The Sublime and the Beautiful Revisited
Against Dryness
Part Seven: Re-reading Plato, 1964-86
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
Acknowledgments and Sources

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