Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 14, 2016 - Philosophy - 322 pages
Alasdair MacIntyre explores some central philosophical, political and moral claims of modernity and argues that a proper understanding of human goods requires a rejection of these claims. In a wide-ranging discussion, he considers how normative and evaluative judgments are to be understood, how desire and practical reasoning are to be characterized, what it is to have adequate self-knowledge, and what part narrative plays in our understanding of human lives. He asks, further, what it would be to understand the modern condition from a neo-Aristotelian or Thomistic perspective, and argues that Thomistic Aristotelianism, informed by Marx's insights, provides us with resources for constructing a contemporary politics and ethics which both enable and require us to act against modernity from within modernity. This rich and important book builds on and advances MacIntyre's thinking in ethics and moral philosophy, and will be of great interest to readers in both fields.
 

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Contents

some philosophical issues
1
enter Aristotle
24
neither party seems able to defeat the other
59
Theory practice and their social contexts
70
natural and the universal
79
Chapter 1?
110
Morality and modernity
114
NeoAristotelianism developed in contemporary Thomistic
166
issues of rational justification
206
a response
220
Four narratives
243
Index
316
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Alasdair MacIntyre retired from teaching at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in 2010. He is the author of the award-winning After Virtue (1981), and his other publications include two volumes of essays, The Tasks of Philosophy and Ethics and Politics (both Cambridge, 2006), Edith Stein: A Philosophical Prologue, 1913–1922 (2005), and God, Philosophy, Universities: A History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition (2009).

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