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5.0 out of 5 stars Good is dead, Long live the Good, 5 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Sovereignty of Good (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
I am a biased reviewer for several reasons: I actually love to read philosophy texts, and I rather enjoy the elegance of Murdoch's philosophy in particular. Because, I feel, of Murdoch's consciously holistic approach to the understanding of philosophy itself.
You must read her novels to understand the 'bones' of this book (as well as 'Metaphysics as a Guide to Morality'), as 'Sovereignty' provides the 'meat' of their insights.
Murdoch pursues, more or less, most interestingly the question(s): do we need a notion of divinity in order to know/be morally Good? What is Good after all? Without God, are we not moral creatures? Afterall, is not the notion of Good ultimately just another word for God in the end? How does such a notion relate to the 'real' world? Et cetera.
The full fascinating meditation on the subject is wittily, clearly and inexhaustably penned in the 'Sovereignty of Good'. Pursue it yourself, but don't forget the novels. They were her playground in which she played out what she meant to think; or thought to mean.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2008 09:29:17 GMT
Danny Boy says:
You seem to have missed the whole point of Murdoch's 'Sovereignty ...' and 'Metaphisics as a Guide ...'. It is surely the objectivity of values and the supremacy of the objective Good she tries to establish; uncongenial in a postmodern world. All the more welcome for that.

Posted on 30 Dec 2008 23:57:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2008 23:58:56 GMT
You are a biased reviewer because your main purpose is showing off your knowledge of Murdoch's philosophy rather than getting on with the task in hand and reviewing this novel, about which you tell us next to nothing. As reviews go, no stars here.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2009 23:40:29 BDT
Mark Twain says:
Err, Frequent traveller, it is actually a book on philosophy, not a novel. What did you want, the way it ends? (It was Nietszche, in the study, with the lead pipe)
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