A friend of mine cooked recipes from your wonderful novel The Sea, The Sea. Can we learn anything about philosophy by cooking eggs (badly?)

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Dear Victor

Most certainly! Cooking an egg, or eggs, with care and invention, as Charles Arrowby does, is a task which demands attention and unselfing, which Iris Murdoch believed is necessary for us to overcome our ‘fat relentless egos’. And a disaster in the kitchen, such as broken crockery or a burnt saucepan, is akin to the Kantian sublime! Such culinary catastrophe can induce an experience of cosmic misery, or a rueful aesthetic pleasure, and we say, “THIS IS TOO MUCH”

Very best wishes, Lucy Bolton

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Lucy Bolton

Queen Mary University of London, UK

The philosophy of Iris Murdoch has shown me a radical form of visual ethics. Her writing on morality, vision, attention and goodness has enabled me to propose a way of looking and understanding cinema that makes a major intervention in the field of film philosophy. Iris Murdoch wrote that film is a major art, and her thinking on attention to art as moral training has profoundly affected my insight into how cinema works as popular moral philosophy.

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