European Journal of Philosophy 28 (1):235-247 (2020)

Clare Mac Cumhaill
Durham University
I offer a reading of Murdoch's conception of concrete universality as it appears in 'The Idea of Perfection', the first essay in the Sovereignty of Good. I show that it has British Idealist overtones that are inflected by Wittgenstein, a thought I try to illuminate by drawing an analogy with Wittgenstein's discussion of the metre stick in Paris in Philosophical Investigations §50. In the last part of the paper, I appeal to the work of Murdoch's erstwhile tutor Donald MacKinnon to respond to an objection to my strategy, which I draw from Murdoch's later work, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals.
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