MacIntyre Reader

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Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time. He opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelianism. It is this tradition, he claims, which presents the best theory so far about the nature of rationality, morality and politics. This is the first Reader of MacIntyre's work.
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A collection of writing by one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time, one who opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelian. The collection includes excerpts from and his own synopses of two famous books from the 1980s, and , as well as the whole of several shorter works (one published for the first time in English) and two interviews. An introduction summarizes the development of MacIntyre's central ideas. Knight is a lecturer in politics at University of North London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745619743
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/14/1998
  • Pages: 312

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Kelvin Knight is Senior Lecturer in Politics at London Metropolitan


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Sources
Editor's Introduction 1
Pt. I Establishing the Project
'Notes from the Moral Wilderness' 31
Pt. II Combining Social Science with Moral Theory
'Social Science Methodology as the Ideology of Bureaucratic Authority' 53
'The Claims of After Virtue' 69
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (extracts) 73
Pt. III Establishing a Tradition of Practical Rationality
'Precis of Whose Justice? Which Rationality?' 105
Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (extracts) 109
'Practical Rationalities as Forms of Social Structure' 120
'Plain Persons and Moral Philosophy: Rules, Virtues and Goods' 136
Pt. IV Challenging Contemporary Philosophy
Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (extracts) 155
First Principles, Final Ends and Contemporary Philosophical Issues 171
'Moral Relativism, Truth and Justification' 202
Pt. V Challenging Contemporary Politics
'The Theses on Feuerbach: A Road Not Taken' 223
'Politics, Philosophy and the Common Good' 235
Pt. VI Reflecting on the Project
An Interview with Giovanna Borradori 255
An Interview for Cogito 267
Guide to Further Reading 276
Bibliography 295
Index 298
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