One way of considering Murdoch’s development of simpler notions of the good is to see it as a movement towards an extremely Protestant notion of goodness. Different kinds of genuine spirituality as embodied in different religious traditions are carefully examined, the valuable in them lovingly offset against the surrounding charlatanism, and then a movement made to a further position inward. Denudation is an inextricable part of the exploration. I do not suggest that she ultimately asserts a Protestant version of truth, for it is very clear that she allies herself with no one version. But the movement itself, even when she has discarded the explicitly Protestant stand (as she does after The Philosopher’s Pupil), is essentially a puritan expression; an attempt to purify and simplify.
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William Eastcote in The Philosopher’s Pupil
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