The MacIntyre Reader

This is the first reader of MacIntyre's groundbreaking work. He opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelianism. Alasdair macintyre is one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time. Students will find this book an excellent introduction to one of the great thinkers of our time.

. It includes extracts from and his own synopses of two famous books from the 1980s, After Virtue and Whose Justice? Which Rationality? as well as the whole of several shorter works and two interviews. It is this tradition, he claims, morality, which presents the best theory so far about the nature of rationality, and politics.

Together, these pieces constitute not only a representative collection of his work but also the most powerful and accessible presentation of his arguments yet available. The macintyre reader concludes with Kelvin Knight's clear and insightful overview of MacIntyre's central ideas and their development in his writings.


After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

Newsweek called it “a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English-speaking world. Since that time, the book has been translated into more than fifteen foreign languages and has sold over one hundred thousand copies. When after virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy.

Now, the university of notre dame press is pleased to release the third edition of After Virtue, twenty-five years later, which includes a new prologue “After Virtue after a Quarter of a Century. In this classic work, alasdair macintyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery.

While the individual chapters are wide-ranging, once pieced together they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity. While he recognizes that his conception of human beings as virtuous or vicious needed not only a metaphysical but also a biological grounding, ultimately he remains “committed to the thesis that it is only from the standpoint of a very different tradition, one whose beliefs and presuppositions were articulated in their classical form by Aristotle, that we can understand both the genesis and the predicament of moral modernity.

University of Notre Dame Press. In the third edition prologue, macintyre revisits the central theses of the book and concludes that although he has learned a great deal and has supplemented and refined his theses and arguments in other works, he has “as yet found no reason for abandoning the major contentions” of this book.


Reading Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue

Teachers will find a book that can help to direct their students' reading and keep classroom discussions focused on the book's central concerns. It precedes his move to Thomism, but already draws on Augustine and Aquinas. Scholars will find the book useful as a general guide to MacIntyre's ethics. Students will find help to navigate the two main arguments of After Virtue, to understand its interpretation of history, and to engage its proposal for a form of ethics and politics that returns to the tradition of the virtues.

After virtue is a watershed in MacIntyre's career. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. It follows his emergence from Marxism, but draws on Marxist sources and arguments. Because of its watershed nature, it has gained a wide readership in various fields but it treats a variety of issues in ways that are unfamiliar either to Marxists schooled in the social sciences or to Thomists schooled in medieval metaphysics.

Reading alasdair macintyre's After Virtue provides a commentary that will be accessible to students, valuable to scholars, and useful to teachers. University of Notre Dame Press.

Moral Luck

Moral luck contains a number of essays that have contributed influentially to this development. The volume will be a stimulating source of ideas and arguments for all philosophers and a wide range of other readers. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Used book in Good Condition. Among the recurring themes are the moral and philosophical limitations of utilitarianism, the notion of integrity, relativism, and problems of moral conflict and rational choice.

A new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams. That whole area has of course been strikingly reinvigorated over the last deacde, and philosophers have both broadened and deepened their concerns in a way that now makes much earlier moral and political philosophy look sterile and trivial. The work presented here is marked by a high degree of imagination and acuity, and also conveys a strong sense of psychological reality.

. The book is a successor to problems of the Self, but whereas that volume dealt mainly with questions of personal identity, Moral Luck centres on questions of moral philosophy and the theory of rational action. University of Notre Dame Press.

Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy

Without denying that we should worry about the contingency of much that we take for granted, he defends truth as an intellectual objective and a cultural value. He identifies two basic virtues of truth, Accuracy and Sincerity, the first of which aims at finding out the truth and the second at telling it.

Bernard williams shows us that when we lose a sense of the value of truth, we lose a lot both politically and personally, and may well lose everything. Modern culture exhibits two attitudes toward truth: suspicion of being deceived no one wants to be fooled and skepticism that objective truth exists at all no one wants to be naive.

Williams's approach, in the tradition of Nietzsche's genealogy, history, blends philosophy, and a fictional account of how the human concern with truth might have arisen. What does it mean to be truthful? what role does truth play in our lives? What do we lose if we reject truthfulness? No philosopher is better suited to answer these questions than Bernard Williams.

Used book in Good Condition. Truth and truthfulness presents a powerful challenge to the fashionable belief that truth has no value, but equally to the traditional faith that its value guarantees itself. This tension between a demand for truthfulness and the doubt that there is any truth to be found is not an abstract paradox.

It has political consequences and signals a danger that our intellectual activities, particularly in the humanities, may tear themselves to pieces. University of Notre Dame Press.

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

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. In a wide-ranging discussion, what it is to have adequate self-knowledge, how desire and practical reasoning are to be characterized, he considers how normative and evaluative judgments are to be understood, and what part narrative plays in our understanding of human lives. 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.

Cambridge University Press. 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. Used book in Good Condition. University of Notre Dame Press. He asks, further, informed by marx's insights, what it would be to understand the modern condition from a neo-Aristotelian or Thomistic perspective, and argues that Thomistic Aristotelianism, provides us with resources for constructing a contemporary politics and ethics which both enable and require us to act against modernity from within modernity.


Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy

University of Notre Dame Press. Used book in Good Condition. Bernard williams is an eloquent member of that small but important group of distinguished thinkers who are trying to erase the borders between the experts and all of us who grapple with moral issues in our own lives. Why should a set of ideas have any special authority over our sentiments just because it has the structure of a theory? How could abstract theory help the individual answer the Socratic question “How should I live?”Williams’s goal is nothing less than to reorient ethics toward the individual.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. He believes that the ethical work of plato and Aristotle is nearer to the truth of what ethical life is, but at the same time recognizes that the modern world makes unparalleled demands on ethical thought. He accuses modern moral philosophers of retreating to system and deserting individuals in their current social context.

He deals with the most thorny questions in contemporary philosophy and offers new ideas about issues such as relativism, objectivity, and the possibility of ethical knowledge. Used book in Good Condition. Modern theories such as utilitarianism and contractualism usually offer criteria that lie outside the self altogether, together with an emphasis on system, and this, has weakened ethical thought.

In this book he delivers a sustained indictment of systematic moral theory from Kant onward and offers a persuasive alternative. Kant’s ideas involved a view of the self we can no longer accept.

Whose Justice? Which Rationality?

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Cambridge University Press. Used book in Good Condition. Whose justice? which rationality?, the sequel to After Virtue, is a persuasive argument of there not being rationality that is not the rationality of some tradition. Used book in Good Condition. University of Notre Dame Press. Macintyre examines the problems presented by the existence of rival traditions of inquiry in the cases of four major philosophers: Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Hume.


Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition

Used book in Good Condition. Reading between the lines, one can see that he has in mind nationalities as well as thinkers, and literary criticism as well as academic philosophy. Mr. The chapters on the development of Christian philosophy between Augustine and Duns Scotus are very interesting indeed. Cambridge University Press.

The current form is the 'incommensurability, ' so-called, of differing standpoints or conceptual schemes. Macintyre must be the past, future, present, and all-time philosophical historians' historian of philosophy. The new york times book Review University of Notre Dame Press. More explicitly, he labels and discusses three significantly different standpoints: the encyclopedic, the genealogical and the traditional.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Macintyre's project, here as elsewhere, is to put up a fight against philosophical relativism.

Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues The Paul Carus Lectures

In this book, a leading moral philosopher presents a comparison of humans to other animals and explores the impact of these virtues. To flourish, humans need to develop virtues of independent thought and acknowledged social dependence. Cambridge University Press. Used book in Good Condition. University of Notre Dame Press.

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Utilitarianism: For and Against

Smart and Bernard Williams. Two essays on utilitarianism, written from opposite points of view, by J. C. Used book in Good Condition. J. He finds inadequate the theory of action implied by utilitarianism, and he argues that utilitarianism fails to engage at a serious level with the real problems of moral and political philosophy, and fails to make sense of notions such as integrity, or even human happiness itself.

Cambridge University Press. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. In part ii bernard williams offers a sustained and vigorous critique of utilitarian assumptions, arguments and ideals. In the first part of the book professor smart advocates a modern and sophisticated version of classical utilitarianism; he tries to formulate a consistent and persuasive elaboration of the doctrine that the rightness and wrongness of actions is determined solely by their consequences, and in particular their consequences for the sum total of human happiness.

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