'A passion for passionlessness': the Cappadocian Fathers and Iris Murdoch on Apatheia as a spiritual ideal

Guise, Margaret (2017) 'A passion for passionlessness': the Cappadocian Fathers and Iris Murdoch on Apatheia as a spiritual ideal. Literature and Theology. ISSN 0269-1205

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Abstract

As the centenary of the birth of Iris Murdoch approaches, re-appraisals of her literary work, which continues to divide critical opinion, seem due. This article posits that re-reading her novels in rapprochement with the writings of the group of fourth-century theologians known as the 'Cappadocian Fathers' reveals a 'passion for passionlessness' within the Murdochian corpus which has hitherto been little explored, and affords the possibility of a soteriological 'embrace' between these very discrete conversation partners.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cappadocian Fathers Iris Murdoch apatheia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > Theology
Depositing User: Margaret Guise
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 15:19
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 14:41
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2702

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