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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: PUBLIC LECTURE - 'Iris Murdoch: A Life of Philosophy and Literature'; Barnes Philosophy Club, 12 Feb 2014, London. UK





*Please address all enquiries directly to Dr Barbara Underwood: barbara.benson.underwood@gmail.com
 
Iris Murdoch: A Life of Philosophy and Literature
 
Dr Marije Altorf 

Wednesday 12 February 2014, 7.30-9pm

In the Jug & Bottle, Coach & Horses, 27 Barnes High Street, Barnes SW13
 

ALL WELCOME
 
(no previous knowledge needed)
 
For further information contact
 
barbara_underwood@btinternet.com
 
 
Barnes Philosophy Club web page: http://barnesphiloclub.blogspot.co.uk/

 
See also www.barbarabenson.com
 
Abstract: 
 
The philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was part of a remarkable generation of 
women philosophers, which included Elizabeth Anscome, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Mary 
Warnock. These women took up the position of philosopher with a confidence that suggested that 
the absence of women from this discipline had been nothing but a temporary blip, now thankfully 
passed. (The UCL professor Jonathan Wolff writes on this in his recent Guardian column: For more 
information on this. See: 
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/nov/26/modern-philosophy-sexism-needs-more-women

 Of these women, Murdoch had the most unusual career. She was both a novelist and a philosopher. 
She was trained in the academic tradition, but wrote her first book on a philosopher from the 
continent, Jean-Paul Sartre. She lived a life of the mind, and yet for some time she was better 
known for losing that mind to Alzheimers disease.

This lecture will try to bring these different elements together. In doing so it hopes to shed 
some light on the complex relationship between philosophy and literature, and between philosophy 
and gender.

Speaker:
 
Marije Altorf is senior lecturer in philosophy at St. Marys University College. She has written 
on Iris Murdoch, and on imagination, and is presently working on a project on philosophical 
dialogue and rhetoric.

 More information about her research here: 
http://www.smuc.ac.uk/arts-and-humanities/staff/marije-altorf.htm