New book: Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist

Continuum has just published a new book on Iris Murdoch which we thought would be of interest to some of our readers. The book is written by Miles Leeson (English, University of Portsmouth), and it’s entitled Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist. To visit Continuum’s webpage for the book, please click here.

Here is the publisher’s description of Prof. Leeson’s study:

This book provides a concise and highly readable reassessment of Iris Murdoch’s engagement with philosophy throughout her life and proposes that she was, most importantly, a philosophical novelist. By investigating her use of philosophical argument in her fictional writing, it becomes clear that her narratives always depend upon a strong metaphysical underpinning. Leeson proceeds thematically through the philosophical phases of Murdoch’s life and develops a clear argument that Murdoch reacts against the philosophies of Sartre, Plato, Nietzsche and Heidegger not only in her philosophical writings but also in her fiction. Indeed, it is in her fiction that her philosophical argument is most persuasive and accessible. This timely study provides new information regarding Murdoch’s engagement with Martin Heidegger and also provides a detailed critique of critics who have overlooked Murdoch’s engagement with philosophy within her fiction.

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