Iris Murdoch

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Illustrations from The Philosopher Queens:  Diotima, Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Warnock and Anita L Allen. Images: Emmy Smith/The Philosopher Queens

Plato and Socrates are household names, but what about Diotima of Mantinea? Only a handful of professional philosophers know of her yet she was the ve(...)

Coalition trolling?: Leo Varadkar spent a day last week briefing against Micheál Martin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

‘I think being a woman is like being Irish,” the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was born in Dublin, wrote. “Everyone says you’re important and nice, but y(...)

Philosopher Mary Midgley, as illustrated for the Notes from a Biscuit Tin project

Plato may have been the father of western philosophy but he could also be a bit of an ass. Imagine trying to ban poetry! Poets could make the bad seem(...)

Sheila Forsey is an honours graduate from Maynooth in creative writing. The Secret of Eveline House is published by Poolbeg Press

Tell us about your new work and how it came about – the story behind the story. My new book is a work of historical fiction and is called The Secret o(...)

Back row, left to right, Stig Abell, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Syima Aslam, with (front row left to right) Mariella Frostrup and Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC-assembled panel who chose a new BBC list of 100 important  novels that shaped our world. Photograph: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire

Pick a side. Obviously, the BBC’s list of “100 Novels that Shaped Our World” is terrible. All such lists are terrible. Each one generates complaints (...)

Philosopher Clare MacCumhaill; Rosanna Turner, a finalist in this year’s Irish Young Philosopher Awards; and Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, representing Dublin City Council, after the unveiling of a plaque and special postage stamp to honour the centenary of the birth of author and philosopher Iris Murdoch at Blessington Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A stamp and plaque to honour the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch was unveiled in Dublin’s north inner city on Thursday. Murdoch was the first I(...)

Iris Murdoch: ‘It’s been easy to dismiss Murdoch as a philosopher because she was such a brilliant novelist.’ Photograph: Getty

Iris Murdoch was born on Blessington Street, Dublin, on July 15th, 1919. While she left Ireland at a young age, this did not “remove the country from (...)

Powerscourt House will be a topic in the forthcoming conference at Maynooth University

“How American plutocratic agents scoured Irish country houses like vultures around decaying carcasses in the 1920s” and “How important Irish art colle(...)

Siri Hustvedt: Philosopher or novelist? Photograph:  Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

There are philosophers who have written novels, and novelists who imbue their work with philosophical ideas. Iris Murdoch and Albert Camus might be se(...)

Iris Murdoch,  novelist, playwright and philosopher. Photograph: Getty

I first read Iris Murdoch’s writing in 1999, shortly after her death and the Penguin reprint of her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea, the Sea (with(...)

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