Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch was an eminent poet but also a distinguished philosopher born in Phibsborough, Dublin, on 15 July 1919. Her conjectural writings were heavily influenced by Plato. By reviving Plato’s theories, she created her own theories including the reality of ‘the Good’. From this, she offered intelligent criticisms (and witticisms) of famous philosophers of history, including Kant, Sartre and Wittgenstein. Her novels also drew on other great thinkers’ and novelists’ works, including George Eliot, Proust and Tolstoy. However, she did have great variety in her achievements whilst still showing an enduring adoration of Shakespeare. ‘Murdoch was a genius’, the journalist Bidisha wrote last year, ‘She wrote with such depth and variety, producing nearly a book every 18 months over four decades’. Iris Murdoch took on the most profound moral questions that we ‘ordinary, flawed, troubled creatures’ struggle with: the battle between good and evil within ourselves and within society; the possibility of faith and the death of God. These questions are some of the most interesting because they are the most provocative. Iris Murdoch died on 8 February 1999 in Oxford at the age of 79. Please click the image below to view it. This catalogue is sold out!