Metaphysical Animals

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What is freedom? What is real? What is human goodness? It belongs to our nature to ask these questions. We are metaphysical animals. And the answers we give shape what we will become. Written with expertise and flair, ‘Metaphysical Animals’ is a vivid blend of philosophy and recovered history – bringing back the women who shared ideas, as well as sofas, shoes and even lovers. Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman show how from the disorder and despair of the war, four brilliant friends brought philosophy back to everyday life and a way of ethical thinking that is there for us today.

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WINNER OF THE HWA NON-FICTION CROWN
AN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK

A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

Elizabeth Anscombe: defiantly brilliant, chain-smoking, trouser-wearing Catholic and (eventual) mother of seven.

Philippa Foot: pathalogically discreet, quietly rebellious granddaughter of a US president.

Mary Midgley: witty scholar and careful observer of humans and animals alike.

Iris Murdoch: aspiring novelist and Francophile with the power to seduce (almost) anyone.

Written with expertise and flair, Metaphysical Animals is a vivid portrait of the endeavours and achievements of these four remarkable women. As undergraduates at Oxford during the Second World War, they shared ideas (as well as shoes, sofas and lovers). From the disorder and despair of war, they went on to breathe new life into philosophy, creating a radically fresh way of thinking about freedom, reality and human goodness that is there for us today.

‘Evocative and sparkling’ New York Times

‘A triumph’ Mail on Sunday