Iris Murdoch's moral philosophy, although highly influential in 20th century moral theory, is somewhat unsystematic and inaccessible. In this work Widdows outlines the moral vision of Iris Murdoch in its entirety and draws out the implications of her thought for the contemporary ethical debate, discussing such aspects of Murdoch's work as the influence of Plato on her conception of The Good, the reality of the human moral experience, the attainment of knowledge of moral values and how art and religion inform the living of the moral life. Examining all of Murdoch's contributions to moral philosophy from her short papers to Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, Heather Widdows provides an accessible and systematised account of Murdoch's moral concepts and offers a clear and critical exposition of her thought. By clarifying Murdoch's central themes, core ideas and her picture of the moral life, this book enables her work to be more easily understood and so utilised in current debates.

chapter 1|20 pages

The Breadth of Iris Murdoch’s Vision

chapter 2|24 pages

The ‘Inner Life’ of the Individual

chapter 3|26 pages

Experiencing Morality

chapter 4|18 pages

The Good

chapter 5|28 pages

Living the Moral Life

chapter 6|22 pages

Art and the Moral Life

chapter 7|20 pages

Religion and the Moral Life