A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century, Second Edition

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University of Notre Dame Pess, Jan 15, 1998 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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A Short History of Ethics is a significant contribution written by one of the most important living philosophers. For the second edition Alasdair MacIntyre has included a new preface in which he examines his book “thirty years on” and considers its impact. It remains an important work, ideal for all students interested in ethics and morality.

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User Review  - wirkman - LibraryThing

Like Henry Sidgwick's short history of ethics, this is a magnificent book. It might even be better than Sidgwick's! A very reliable and learned introduction to the subject, unmarred by overstressing his famous thesis about traditions. Read full review

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User Review  - Darrol - LibraryThing

This is an excellent short survey of the history of philosophical ethics (because I agree with it for the most part :) ). Read full review


Luther Machiavelli Hobbes and Spinoza
New Values
The British EighteenthCentury Argument
The French EighteenthCentury Argument
Hegel and Marx
Kierkegaard to Nietzsche
Reformers Utilitarians Idealists

Postscript to Greek Ethics
Modern Moral Philosophy

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About the author (1998)

Alasdair MacIntyre is research professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous books, including After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, third edition (2007), and Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition (1990), both published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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