After Virtue

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A&C Black, Oct 21, 2013 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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Highly controversial when it was first published in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue has since established itself as a landmark work in contemporary moral philosophy. In this book, MacIntyre sought to address a crisis in moral language that he traced back to a European Enlightenment that had made the formulation of moral principles increasingly difficult. In the search for a way out of this impasse, MacIntyre returns to an earlier strand of ethical thinking, that of Aristotle, who emphasised the importance of 'virtue' to the ethical life.

More than thirty years after its original publication, After Virtue remains a work that is impossible to ignore for anyone interested in our understanding of ethics and morality today.

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User Review  - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing

Is there anything left to be said about After Virtue? With this book, Alasdair MacIntyre brought Aristotelian-style virtue ethics back into the modern conversation. It is a true classic, still quoted ... Read full review

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User Review  - hatterluke - LibraryThing

This is one of the truly worth while reads of the last 20 years, and may while change the landscape of Christian ethics for the next 100. MacIntye challenges the very foundation stones of ethical arguments based on biblical interpretation. An absolute must read Read full review


Chapter 1 A Disquieting Suggestion
Chapter 2 The Nature of Moral Disagreement Today and the Claims of Emotivism
Social Content and Social Context
Chapter 4 The Predecessor Culture and the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality
Chapter 5 Why the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality had to Fail
Chapter 6 Some Consequences of the Failure of the Enlightenment Project
Chapter 7 Fact Explanation and Expertise
Chapter 8 The Character of Generalizations in Social Science and their Lack of Predictive Power
Chapter 12 Aristotles Account of the Virtues
Chapter 13 Medieval Aspects and Occasions
Chapter 14 The Nature of the Virtues
Chapter 15 The Virtues the Unity of a Human Life and the Concept of a Tradition
Chapter 16 From the Virtues to Virtue and After Virtue
Changing Conceptions
Nietzsche or Aristotle Trotsky and St Benedict
Chapter 19 Postscript to the Second Edition

Chapter 9 Nietzsche or Aristotle?
Chapter 10 The Virtues in Heroic Societies
Chapter 11 The Virtues at Athens

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Alasdair MacIntyre is Senior Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several bestselling books, including After Virtue, Whose Justice? Which Rationality?, and A Short History of Ethics (a Routledge Classic).

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