Diana Phillips


University of Antwerp

Articles de l'auteur


Cycnos | Volume 7

The Role of the Light and the Sun in Some Novels of Iris Murdoch and John Fowles

“In her essay The Sovereignty of Good over Other Concepts Iris Murdoch argues that "beauty is the only spiritual thing which we love by instinct"1. Following Plato’s theory, she asserts that beauty in any form, be it in nature, in other-centred love or in great art, is the truest manifestation of the Good in the world of shadows. An unsentimental, almost detached appreciation of beauty is not only "the easiest available spiritual exercise"2, it can also induce man to set forth on his long and arduous quest for the Good...”

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