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Murdoch and the End of Ideology

  • Gary Browning
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Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Abstract

Iris Murdoch had a lifelong interest in politics and she reflected upon the nature of ideology throughout her career. What she had to say on the subject developed during her career and relates to general academic discussions on the nature of ideology. At the outset of her career she was a committed socialist. She recognised that political ideology was in retreat after the Second World War but sought to contribute to socialist ideology. Later in her career she became sceptical of radical utopian ideologies, including socialism and developed a theory of politics that prioritised safeguarding individual liberty and security. However, she imagined that political thought would continue to develop and offer new possibilities and so she did not call for the end of ideology but continued to value political ideas.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Browning
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  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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