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Tasks of Philosophy Selected Essays

ISBN-10: 0521670616
ISBN-13: 9780521670616
Edition: 2006
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Description: This volume presents 10 of MacIntyre's most influential essays written over almost 30 years. They range over such topics as the issues raised by different types of relativism and what it is about human beings that cannot be understood by the natural  More...

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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 8.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

This volume presents 10 of MacIntyre's most influential essays written over almost 30 years. They range over such topics as the issues raised by different types of relativism and what it is about human beings that cannot be understood by the natural sciences.

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.

Introduction
Defining a Philosophical Stance
Epistemological crises, dramatic narrative and the philosophy of science
Colors, cultures, and practices
Moral relativism, truth and justification
Hegel on faces and skulls
What is a human body?
Moral philosophy and contemporary social practice: what holds them apart?
The Ends of Philosophical Enquiry
The ends of life, the ends of philosophical writing
First principles, final ends and contemporary philosophical issues
Philosophy recalled to its tasks: a Thomistic reading of Fides et Ratio
Truth as a good: a reflection on Fides et Ratio

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