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After Virtue : A Study in Moral Theory

After Virtue : A Study in Moral Theory - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0268006112

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ISBN10: 0268006113
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Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Published: 1984
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After Virtue : A Study in Moral Theory - 2ND 84 edition

ISBN13: 978-0268006112

Alasdair MacIntyre

ISBN13: 978-0268006112
ISBN10: 0268006113
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 84
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Published: 1984
International: No
Summary

Alasdair MacIntyre elaborates his position on: the relationship of philosophy to history, the virtues and issue of relativism, and the relationship of moral philosophy to theology.

When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was rerecognized at once as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy. Reviewing it in the New York Review of Books ,J.M. Cameron wrote, "It is something to have a book, devoted to certain quite central technical philosophical questions, which is likely to produce so passionate a response.' After Virtue did provoke a passionate response. Robert N.Bellah, writing for Commonweal, called it "one of the most important books of the decade'; Richard Rorty: "A remarkable synthesis '; Newsweek: "a stunning new study of ethics '; John Gardner : "the best book of philosophy in years .'

Now, in a new chapter, Alasdair MacIntyre responds to the questions and considerations raised by the many admirers and critics who made After Virtue such a widely read and discussed work of philosophy. Taking into account the dialogue generated by his book over the past three years, he elaborates his position on: the relationship of philosophy to history, the virtues and the issue of relativism, and the relationship of moral philosophy to theology . In doing so, MacIntyre sustains the claims of his central conclusions to rational justification and demonstrates further the accountability of philosophy to the world and times it seeks to describe.

Author Bio

MacIntyre, Alasdair : Vanderbilt University

Alasdair MacIntyre, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, is the author of Marxism and Christianity and Against the Self: Images of the Age, the editor of Hume's Ethical Writings and Hegel: A Collection of Critical Essays, and co-editor (with Stanely Hauerwas) of Revisions, a series of books on ethics published by Notre Dame Press.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. A Disquieting Suggestion
2. The Nature of Moral Disagreement Today and the Claims of Emotivism
3. Emotivism: Social Content and Social Context
4. The Predecessor Culture and the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality
5. Why the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality Had to Fail
6. Some Consequences of the Failure of the Enlightenment Project
7. ' Fact,' Explanation and Expertise
8. The Character of Generalizations in Social Science and their Lack of Predictive Power
9. Nietzsche or Aristotle?
10. The Virtues in Heroic Societies
11. The Virtues at Athens
12. Aristotle's Account of the Virtues
13. Medieval Aspects and Occasions
14. The Nature of the Virtues
15. The Virtues, the Unity of a Human Life and the Concept of a Tradition
16. From the Virtues to Virtue and after Virtue
17. Justice as a Virtue: Changing Conceptions
18. After Virtue: Nietzsche or Aritstotle, Trotsky and St. Benedict
19. Postscript to the Second Edition
Bibliography
Index

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