When "After Virtue" was first published 25 years ago, it was immediately obvious that Alasdair MacIntyre had produced an important and highly controversial re-evaluation of contemporary moral philosophy. MacIntyre drew on more than 500 years of history to explore the causes of the current crisis in moral description and showed how attempts to ...
When "After Virtue" was first published 25 years ago, it was immediately obvious that Alasdair MacIntyre had produced an important and highly controversial re-evaluation of contemporary moral philosophy. MacIntyre drew on more than 500 years of history to explore the causes of the current crisis in moral description and showed how attempts to formulate moral principles had grown progressively more difficult in the period after the Enlightenment. With extraordinary vigour and range, MacIntyre convincingly explains what has driven moral philosophy into its current quagmire and suggests ways out of it. This edition includes a new preface in which Professor MacIntyre responds to some of the central questions raised by the first edition, and reflects on the progress or otherwise of moral philosophy in the intervening quarter-century. The status of "After Virtue" is now assured. This new edition gives us a chance to assess its impact and to reach out to a new generation of readers.
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New. 'The best book of philosophy in years, ' says John Gardner. Since its publication in 1981, it has been impossible for moral philosophers to write about their subject without coming to terms with MacIntyre and his provocative critique of modernity. 286 pp.
The kindest thing I can say about this book is that the writing is unduly prolix. I joined a bimonthly discussion group which had chosen this for its topic. In preparation for the third week of discussion I skipped ahead to the end of the third chapter to see what the conclusion was. I took me so long to even parse one or two of the sentences that I gave up and resigned from the group. I do not consider it my task to disentangle what the author said into what he actually meant. That is his job, not mine. I do not recommend its purchase.
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