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Iris Murdoch’s Beermats: A Unique Literary Collection

Iris Murdoch’s Beermats: A Unique Literary Collection

6 July 2022

Murdoch’s beer mats point the way to how some of the most dramatic moments of her life were played out in pubs, as indeed they are for many characters in her novels. The names of scores of pubs lie within their pages, for it is to pubs that characters go to weep, to quarrel, to think, to hope, and often to come to conclusions that will destroy their lives.

Welcome to the Iris Murdoch Society Website. The society exists to champion the work, and celebrate the life, of the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch: one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Twentieth Century.

Murdoch's work spans fiction (26 novels), philosophy, plays, poetry and thousands of letters. All of her work is still in print, and you can find recent books about her life and work in our online shop.

The Society is for all readers and enthusiasts with hundreds of members from accross the world. We organise regular events in the UK, and promote events worldwide. We organise a bienniel international conference alongside a bienniel Summer School.

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Iris Murdoch’s Beermats: A Unique Literary Collection

Iris Murdoch’s Beermats: A Unique Literary Collection

6 July 2022

Murdoch’s beer mats point the way to how some of the most dramatic moments of her life were played out in pubs, as indeed they are for many characters in her novels. The names of scores of pubs lie within their pages, for it is to pubs that characters go to weep, to quarrel, to think, to hope, and often to come to conclusions that will destroy their lives.

Iris Murdoch: Music, Sounds and Silences

Iris Murdoch: Music, Sounds and Silences

6 June 2022

What happens when we deliberately try listening to Murdoch’s novels? What can be gained by attending not just to the social, moral, emotional and visual worlds she creates, but also to the aural worlds in her work?

A Murdochian Metaethics

A Murdochian Metaethics

10 January 2022

An account of the second-order commitments on the nature of the ethical realm that underlie Murdoch’s thinking. In developing this systematic framework, I hope to shed light on various long-standing problems for contemporary moral philosophy regarding the nature of moral knowledge, moral motivation and moral objectivity.

BSH Fund Fellow 2022 – Michela Dianetti

BSH Fund Fellow 2022 – Michela Dianetti

9 November 2021

My PhD thesis is the first to compare the narrative works of Iris Murdoch and Elsa Morante. Its principal aim is to highlight the crucial influence Simone Weil’s philosophy had on the two authors, especially Weil’s idea of affliction.

The Iris Murdoch Review

  • Iris Murdoch Review 12, 2021 £5.00
  • Iris Murdoch Review 11, 2020 £5.00
  • Iris Murdoch Review 10, 2019 £5.00
  • Iris Murdoch Review 9, 2018 £5.00