After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

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Duckworth, 1981 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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User Review  - Paul Hampson - Goodreads

MacIntyre's book is an interesting conservative attack on the failure of what he addresses as 'The Enlightenment Project'. The failure of this, according to him, has led to the rise of emotivism in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caleb Roberts - Goodreads

I definitely understand now why this book is such a big deal. Truly impressive work of moral philosophy which has provided me with a much needed vocabulary. Loved it. That said, it's unclear how ... Read full review

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

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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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