- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (3 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099433559
- ISBN-13: 978-0099433552
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (Vintage classics) Paperback – 3 Apr 2003
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"This is philosophy dragged from the cloister, dusted down and made freshly relevant" (Terry Eagleton Guardian)
"Gripping...it enchants with a clause that sets you day-dreaming, captivates with a stream of thought, empowers with reminiscences" (London Review of Books)
"It is a great congested work, a foaming sourcebook, about life, imagination, tragedy, philosophy, morality, religion and art" (Independent)
"Remarkable... Iris Murdoch has once again put us all in her debt" (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" (Wall Street Journal)
'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' Sunday TelegraphSee all Product description
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Really, have a go.
Iris Murdoch is one of those intellectuals of a group (my hypothesis) concerned with morality and in particular, questions to do with moral philosophy in the broadest sense. Others in that category vary from Nietzsche, J. M. Keyenes, Et cetera to major theological thinkers and texts.
Reading the 'Metaphysics' brings one closer to Murdoch. One begins to understand better that she did her philosophy through her stories. 'Afterall, aren't we all telling stories?' To paraphrase one of her characters from an earlier novel. She was concerned with re-discovering the roots of some of the bigger questions that any thinking person might ask; and in this book, she brilliantly, clearly, wittily follows through to their uses, changes, revelations - weaving her own genius throughout. I was reminded of her description of the fictious philosopher in 'The Philosopher's Pupil' when she writes, 'all the books are in him now'; I felt, that all the books were in her, and all I had to do was to read this one person's insights from her various narratives and I might just glimpse a 'truth' myself.
Indeed, seriously reading 'Metaphysics' must be, in the beginning, a pursuit to know oneself. However, in the end, turns towards the very opposite: not a deconstruction, nor a rebuilding of the self; but rather a 'blowing out'. A realisation of the grativy of people, even morally 'good' people, to draw towards them a veil of memorabilia, illusions, desires, regrets, life-denying, selfishness.Read more ›
Since this book can be bought so cheaply I did so. How absolutely refreshing for a thinker to give everyone their due, from Plato to Derrida. She adopts a quietly serious tone. It can lull one into torpidity one moment, then flash with a very striking insight the next.
How do morals work; how fundamental are they to the fabric of reality; do philosophies that undermine moral absolutes do so from a moral standpoint?!
This lady deserves to be read attentively. (Her Sovereignty of Good might be a sensible primer to this magnum opus.)
On the side of the angels? Yes, I think so. May God have mercy on her moral soul.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really interesting investigation dominated by the ghosts of Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer and Simone Weil. The section on Art at the beginning is particularly good. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This seems to me very much a text of its time - fascinating, indeed wonderful at times, but too heavy going also a lot of the time.Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by Scampo
I didn't like the style, subject or anything about this book. I wouldn't read another of this author. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2013 by jellybaby