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John Macmurray

Critical Perspectives

David Fergusson and Nigel Dower

This volume comprises a multidisciplinary study of the work of the important Scottish philosopher, John Macmurray (1891-1976). Macmurray held university posts in London and Edinburgh and exercised a wide influence through his many writings and BBC radio broadcasts. More recently, his work has come to prominence through his acknowledged influence on British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The essays in this collection are from a range of international scholars in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to a biographical introduction, they cover themes in philosophy, religion, political theory, psychology, and ethics. A comprehensive bibliography of Macmurray’s publications is also included.
Contents: Jack Costello SJ: The Life and Thought of John Macmurray – David Fergusson: The Contours of Macmurray’s Philosophy – Stanley Harrison: Macmurray and the Mind-Body Problem Revisited – Andrew Collier: Macmurray and Marx: The Philosophy of Practice and the Overcoming of Dualism – Colwyn Trevarthen: Proof of Sympathy: Scientific Evidence on the Personality of the Infant and Macmurray’s ‘Mother and Child’ – Robin Downie: Personal and Impersonal Relationships – Esther McIntosh: Educating the Emotions – Susan Parsons: The Relevance of Macmurray for a Feminist Theology of Action – Brenda Almond: Macmurray and the Role of Ethics in Political Life – Hwa Yol Jung: Responsibility as First Ethics: Macmurray and Levinas – Frank G. Kirkpatrick: Public and Private: The Search for a Political Philosophy That Does Justice to Both without Excluding Love – Michael Fielding: The Point of Politics: Friendship and Community in Macmurray – Nigel Dower: Universal Community and Justice – Iain Torrance: Privacy and the Form of the Personal – John Swinton: Constructing Persons: Macmurray and the Social Construction of Disability – Amy Limpitlaw: Macmurray’s Understanding of Mysticism – Christopher Lind: Friendship as a Moral Norm and the Problem of Boundaries in Clergy Ethics.