Short History of Ethics

ISBN-10: 026801759X
ISBN-13: 9780268017590
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 1/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Preface
Preface to the first edition
The Philosophical Point of the History of Ethics
The Prephilosophical History of "Good" and the Transition to Philosophy
The Sophists and Socrates
Plato: The Gorgias
Plato: The Republic
Postscript to Plato
Aristotle's Ethics
Postscript to Greek Ethics
Christianity
Luther, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Spinoza
New Values
The British Eighteenth-Century Argument
The French Eighteenth-Century Argument
Kant
Hegel and Marx
Kierkegaard to Nietzsche
Reformers, Utilitarians, Idealists
Modern Moral Philosophy

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