After Virtue A Study in Moral Theory

ISBN-10: 0268035040
ISBN-13: 9780268035044
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 3/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
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.

Prologue: After Virtue after a Quarter of a Century
Preface
A Disquieting Suggestion
The Nature of Moral Disagreement Today and the Claims of Emotivism
Emotivism: Social Content and Social Context
The Predecessor Culture and the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality
Why the Enlightenment Project of Justifying Morality Had to Fail
Some Consequences of the Failure of the Enlightenment Project
'Fact', Explanation and Expertise
The Character of Generalizations in Social Science and their Lack of Predictive Power
Nietzsche or Aristotle?
The Virtues of Heroic Societies
The Virtues of Athens
Aristotle's Account of the Virtues
Medieval Aspects and Occasions
The Nature of the Virtues
The Virtues, the Unity of a Human Life and the Concept of a Tradition
From the Virtues to Virtue and after Virtue
Justice as a Virtue: Changing Conceptions
After Virtue: Nietzsche or Aristotle, Trotsky and St. Benedict
Postscript to the Second Edition
Bibliography
Index

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