Anil Gomes on Iris Murdoch and Morality

18 October 2021

The flagship BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time will feature Trinity philosophy fellow Anil Gomes discussing the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). Airing on 21 October, the 45-minute discussion will examine Murdoch’s account of morality and goodness and the relation between her art and her philosophy.

Dr Gomes says: ‘Many people know Iris Murdoch through her individual and addictive novels. But she was a philosopher before she was a novelist and her philosophical work sets out a distinctive and alluring account of morality on which goodness is real but difficult to see. I hope people will be encouraged by the programme to seek out her novels and philosophy to see for themselves what makes her such a powerful thinker.’

Dr Gomes wrote about Iris Murdoch for the Times Literary Supplement on the anniversary of her centenary.

In Our Time has been broadcasting for over 20 years and is one of BBC Radio 4’s most successful discussion programmes.