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Lecture and book launch of Why Iris Murdoch Matters (Bloomsbury) and Murdoch on Truth and Love (Palgrave)

Saturday 27 October 2018, 6-7.30 p.m.
Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester.
All welcome, free event.

These two new books, one a monograph, the other an edited collection, bring together Gary Browning’s own thoughts on Murdoch as central to our own time. In this lecture he will argue for her position amongst the key theorists of modern life. He will discuss her art, philosophy, fiction, religion and politics and how she understands the nature of late modernity: in short, why Iris Murdoch matters.

Gary Browning is Professor in Political Thought and Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.

Iris Murdoch Centenary Conference

13 - 15 July 2019
St Anne’s College, Oxford

First Call for Papers – July 2018

2019 marks the centenary of the one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers and writers, Iris Murdoch. Born on the 15th July 1919, she would go on to have a long and internationally renowned career as a fiction writer, a professional philosopher, and a public intellectual.

The Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester, in association with St Anne’s and Somerville College Oxford, invite proposals for 20-minute papers, or panels of up to three papers, on any aspect of Murdoch’s career. For this centenary conference there is no theme as such, but we hope that many of the papers will reassess and celebrate Murdoch’s achievements in light of her centenary. It is hoped that a collection of essays will form from this conference.

The conference will be preceded by a public lecture at the Bodleian Library on the afternoon of the 12 July to be given by Professor Peter Garrard of St George’s Medical School, London.

Proposals of no more than 300 words (per paper) or 750 words (per panel) to be sent to the organising committee at by 1 March 2019.

For further information please contact the Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre, Miles Leeson, at



The Iris Murdoch Research Centre organises a variety of events each year focusing on Iris Murdoch, her milieu, and related academic areas at University of Chichester.

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