After virtue : a study in moral theory by Alasdair MacIntyre PDF

By Alasdair MacIntyre

ISBN-10: 1780936257

ISBN-13: 9781780936253

"[I]t is whatever to have a publication, dedicated to convinced particularly significant technical philosophical questions, that is prone to produce so passionate a response." —New York assessment of Books

"A awesome synthesis . . . ." —Richard Rorty

"A beautiful new examine of ethics. . . ." —Newsweek

"The most sensible booklet of philosophy in years." —John Gardner

"To name this a superb ebook is to be patronizing; it's an incredible ebook, person who must be up or spoke back. it can be a superb one, as are all turning issues in a tide of drama whose protagonists have idea their classes inexorable." —Choice, February 1982

When After Virtue first seemed in 1981, it used to be famous without delay as an important and most likely arguable critique of latest ethical philosophy. Now, in a brand new bankruptcy, Alasdair MacIntyre responds to the questions and concerns raised through the numerous admirers and critics who made After Virtue any such greatly learn and mentioned paintings of philosophy. making an allowance for the discussion generated by means of his e-book over the last 3 years, he elaborates his place at the dating of philosophy to background, the virtues and the difficulty of relativism, and the connection of ethical philosophy to theology. In doing so, MacIntyre sustains the claims of his crucial conclusions to rational justification and demonstrates additional the responsibility of philosophy to the realm and instances it seeks to describe.

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We may notice that if in this imaginary world analytical philosophy were to flourish, it would never reveal the fact of this disorder. For the techniques of analytical philosophy are essentially descriptive and descriptive of the language of the present at that. The analytical philosopher would be able to elucidate the conceptual structures of what was taken to be scientific thinking and discourse in the imaginary world in precisely the way that he elucidates the conceptual structures of natural science as it is.

That culture has continued to be one of unresolved and apparently unresolvable moral and other disagreements in which the evaluative and normative utterances of the contending parties present a problem of interpretation. For on the one hand they seem to presuppose a reference to some shared impersonal standard in virtue of which at most one of those contending parties can be in the right and yet on the other the poverty of the arguments adduced in support of their assertions and the characteristically shrill, and assertive and expressive mode in which they are uttered suggest strongly that there is no such standard.

The hypothesis which I wish to advance is that in the actual world which we inhabit the language of morality is in the same state of grave disorder as the language of natural science in the imaginary world which I described. What we possess, if this view is true, are the fragments of a conceptual scheme, parts which now lack those contexts from which their significance derived. We possess indeed simulacra of morality, we continue to use many of the key expressions. But we have—very largely, if not entirely—lost our comprehension, both theoretical and practical, or morality.

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