This work deals with the overlap between Iris Murdoch's fiction and her philosophy. And within that overlap the philosophical vein considered is mainly Anglo-Saxon and the Fiction mainly one novel: The Unicorn. The mere fact that Murdoch's professional duties were, for twenty years, concerned with 'analytical' philosophy makes it likely that links exist between Murdoch's 'analytic' concerns and her fiction. But what kind of links? The author's argument is that Murdoch's novels aim at relaxing tensions existing in her moral philosophy. And that these tensions are relaxed in two ways. Sometimes by a specifically philosophical solution being pointed to, sometimes by a parody of her own moral theories. The work illustrates how one novel, The Unicorn, accommodates the strains at work in Murdoch's thought.