- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 25, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415253993
- ISBN-13: 978-0415253994
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sovereignty of Good 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). Irish-born British novelist and philosopher. Recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Booker McConnell prize and the Whitbread prize.
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I recently discovered that for just a few dollars more, I could have bought "Existentialists and Mystics"(Penguin, 2001). It contains the text of "The Sovereignty of the Good" along with nearly two dozen additional essays by Murdoch. The editors have also included explanatory notes which will be helpful for readers who have limited knowledge of mid-twentieth century philosophy. For instance, when Murdoch discusses McTaggart and Hampshire in "The Idea of Perfection", she does not offer full citations for the essays and books she references (at least such citations are not included in the Routledge reprinting). The editors of "Existentialists and Mystics" include the citations and offer brief notes about books and authors. Simple? Yes, but also time-saving. (Who wants to do a Google search in the middle of reading a good argument?)
Anyway, I will be buying "Existentialists and Mystics" in short order. I'll use the Routledge either as my mark-up or lend-out copy of the text. But I recommend you save yourself the trouble and buy the right book the first time.
The Paperback edition is actually a "print-on-demand" book, which means it's printed and bound after you order it. This is apparent in some uneven color on the colors, slightly misaligned graphics, and a general feel that is less professional than standard Routledge books. Personally, if I had known this I would have opted for the similarly priced Penguin edition mentioned by another user.