In Simon Cushing (ed.), New Philosophical Essays on Love and Loving (forthcoming)

Cathy Mason
Cambridge University
Iris Murdoch makes some ambitious claims about love’s epistemic significance which can initially seem puzzling given its heterogeneous and messy everyday manifestations. Here, I provide an interpretation of Murdochian love such that Murdoch's claims about its epistemic significance can be understood. I argue that Murdoch conceives of love as a virtue, and as belonging at the pinnacle of the hierarchy of the virtues, which vindicates the epistemic role Murdochian love fulfils. Moreover, I suggest that there is good reason to think that Murdochian love is not as far from everyday conceptions of love as it can initially appear.
Keywords Iris Murdoch  Love  Knowledge  Virtue
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