The Philosophy and Literature of Iris Murdoch

Darren Harper
Gosling Room
10.30am - 15.30pm

Saturday 04 February

Members:  £50. Non-members: £60.
Concessions: £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343)

This course is for anyone interested in literature and the ideas/philosophies underlying literary work. The focus is on the work of Iris Murdoch. Murdoch’s philosophy has often been neglected in favour of her novels. In this course we will try to remedy this imbalance.  Referring to her novel The Bell, we will look at the relationship between her moral philosophy and her fiction.  We will then explore some of the ideas in her best known philosophical work, The Sovereignty of Good. One of the key questions she addresses is how human beings can become morally better.

Suggested reading:
Although prior reading is not obligatory, it would be an advantage for participants to have read The Bell by Iris Murdoch.

Course Outline

Times Topic
10.30am - 11.35am Introduction, Life & Context
11.35am - 11.45am Break
11.45am - 1pm The Bell
1pm - 2pm Lunch break
2pm - 3.30pm The Sovereignty of Good