David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Papers 35 (3):387-411 (2006)
I defend Murdoch's moral philosophy from Lovibond's charge that it treats the imagination as an enemy of moral and political progress. I argue that this criticism rests on a failure to recognize Murdoch's distinction between 'moral imagination' and 'fantasy'. For Murdoch, only 'fantasy' is morally problematic; in contrast, 'moral imagination' is constitutive of virtue. I argue further that a proper understanding of virtue, on Murdoch's account, shows it to be intimately tied to the appreciation of human individuality, where this has appealing political ramifications. I offer as an example the case of human rights, showing how the exercise of moral imagination, as Murdoch conceives it, would seem to be essential to their full and proper recognition. While the discussion is necessarily preliminary in some respects, it should allay any suspicion that Murdoch's moral philosophy is blind to the moral and political importance of the imagination or indifferent to widely shared political concerns
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
M. F. Simone Roberts & Alison Scott-Baumann (eds.) (11/10/10). Iris Murdoch and the Moral Imagination: Essays. McFarland & Co., Ltd..
Michael Schwartz (2009). Moral Vision: Iris Murdoch and Alasdair Maclntyre. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 90 (S3):315 - 327.
David Robjant (2012). The Earthy Realism of Plato's Metaphysics, Or: What Shall We Do with Iris Murdoch? Philosophical Investigations 35 (1):43-67.
David Robjant (2012). Good, Evil and the Virtuous Iris Murdoch Commentary Iris Murdoch, Philosopher, Edited by Justin Broackes . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 400 Pp. ISBN 978-0-19-928990-5 Hb £35.00. [REVIEW] European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):621-635.
Christopher Mole (2007). Attention, Self, and The Sovereignty of Good. In Anne Rowe (ed.), Iris Murdoch: A reassessment.
David Robjant (2013). Is Iris Murdoch a Closet Existentialist? Some Trouble with Vision, Choice and Exegesis. European Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):475-494.
Margaret Weldhen (1986). Ethics, Identity and Culture: Some Implications of the Moral Philosophy of Iris Murdoch. Journal of Moral Education 15 (2):119-126.
Elizabeth Burns (1997). Iris Murdoch and the Nature of Good. Religious Studies 33 (3):303-313.
Maria Antonaccio (2000). Picturing the Human: The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch. Oxford University Press.
David Robjant (2011). As a Buddhist Christian; the Misappropriation of Iris Murdoch. Heythrop Journal 52 (6):993-1008.
David Robjant (2011). Is Iris Murdoch an Unconscious Misogynist? Some Trouble with Sabina Lovibond, the Mother in Law, and Gender. Heythrop Journal 52 (6):1021-1031.
Maria Antonaccio (2001). The Virtues of Metaphysics: A Review of Iris Murdoch's Philosophical Writings. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 29 (2):307 - 335.
David Robjant (2000). IRIS MURDOCH'S EVERYDAY "METAPHYSICAL ENTITIES&Quot;. Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 4:1.
David McNaughton (2002). :Picturing the Human: The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch. Ethics 112 (4):818-820.
Canan Şavkay (2013). Ethics and the Third Party in Iris Murdoch's The Green Knight. Philosophy and Literature 36 (2):347-362.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads17 ( #105,277 of 1,140,133 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #147,976 of 1,140,133 )
How can I increase my downloads?