Literature / Philosophy


The group will explore the relationship between literature and philosophy by studying the work of Iris Murdoch. The course will be a mix of presentations and discussion. Anything written by or about her will be useful, but please read ‘Under The Net’ 1953, ‘The Bell’ 1958, ‘The Nice and the Good’ 1968 and ‘The Philosopher’s Pupil’ 1983 which will be used as example. Her philosophy will be supported on the course by extracts, but, as preparation, it would be useful to look at ‘Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals’ 1992 and/or ‘Sartre: Romantic Rationalist’ 1953 but these will not be closely analysed.

Knowledge of Iris Murdoch’s work welcomed but not assumed

Teaching Style: Discussion

Tutor: Meg Shaw

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