Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature

Category: Book
By (author): Murdoch, Iris
Subject:  BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / General
  BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mysticism
  LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Existentialism
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: July 1999
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 8.00in x 5.40in x 1.30in
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From The Publisher*Best known as the author of twenty-six novels, Iris Murdoch has also made significant contributions to the fields of ethics and aesthetics. Collected here for the first time in one volume are her most influential literary and philosophical essays. Tracing Murdoch's journey to a modern Platonism, this volume includes incisive evaluations of the thought and writings of T. S. Eliot, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvior, and Elias Canetti, as well as key texts on the continuing importance of the sublime, on the concept of love, and the role great literature can play in curing the ills of philosophy.Existentialists and Mystics not only illuminates the mysticism and intellectual underpinnings of Murdoch's novels, but confirms her major contributions to twentieth-century thought.
Biographical NoteIris Murdoch (1919–1999) was born in Dublin and brought up in London. She studied philosophy at Cambridge and was a philosophy fellow at St. Anne's College for 20 years. She published her first novel in 1954 and was instantly recognized as a major talent. She went on to publish more than 26 novels, as well as works of philosophy, plays, and poetry.