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CANCELLED The Philosophers’ Book Club | Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net

25 November 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Due to strike action by UCU, this event has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience (and disappointment!) but will endeavour to reschedule the event.A statement from UCU about why university workers are taking strike action can be found here



‘I have never wanted a communion of souls. It’s already hard enough to tell the truth to oneself.’

To mark the centenary of her birth, we’re discussing Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net. As both a philosopher and a novelist, Murdoch wanted to ‘really exploit the advantages (instead of as hitherto simply suffer the disadvantages) of having a mind on the borders of philosophy, literature, and politics’, and her first novel, Under the Net, is a comic meditation on everything from the nature of truth to living a moral life.

At the Philosophers’ Book Club, we select a work of fiction or biography for philosophical dissection by our panel. Although you are encouraged read the book in advance, it is by no means necessary.


Lucy Bolton
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, QMUL

Clare Mac Cumhaill
Assistant Professor in Department of Philosophy, Durham University

Rachael Wiseman
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Shahidha Bari 
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Professor of Fashion Cultures, UAL


Quick accessibility map here. Full access information for the Old Building in general, and the Old Theatre in particular, available here.


25 November 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom + Google Map