After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

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Duckworth, 1981 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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User Review  - Dan DalMonte - Goodreads

This is an incredible book that shows an unbelievable level of scholarship. MacIntyre draws from history, literature, and philosophy to argue for his thesis that the moral language of contemporary ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

In my twenties I read a lot of books. I was in seminary, reading assigned readings, and then I was starting out in ministry reading books on leadership and spiritual formation and the like. Over time ... Read full review

Contents

The Nature of Moral Disagreement Today and
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Why the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality
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Some Consequences of the Failure of the Enlightenment
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Copyright

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About the author (1981)

Although he is most widely known for his book "After Virtue" (1981), with its critique of reason and ethics, Alasdair MacIntyre writes in other areas of philosophy as well, including philosophical psychology, political theory, and philosophy of religion. Born in Scotland, he was educated at Manchester, London, and Oxford universities. In 1969, he went to the United States where he has taught at Brandeis, Boston, and Vanderbilt universities. Since 1988, when he also delivered the Gifford lectures, MacIntyre has taught at the University of Notre Dame. "After Virtue" is one of the most widely discussed of all recent books on moral philosophy. It is the culmination of MacIntyre's deep engagement with the history of ethics. In it he argues that modern ethical theory, as it has developed since the seventeenth century, has been exposed by Friedrich Nietzsche as conceptually bankrupt. To find an alternative, he looks to ancient Greece and especially to Aristotle's concept of virtue. Although his critics consider this alternative to be something of an impossible dream, MacIntyre argues that it is central to a recovery of ethics.

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