After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

By | December 20, 2017
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition Author Alasdair MacIntyre
ISBN-10 0268035040
ISBN-13 9780268035044
Year 2007-03-06
Pages 312
Language English
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
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When After Virtue first appeared in 1981 it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy Newsweek called it a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English speaking world Since that time the book has been translated into more than fifteen foreign languages and has sold over one hundred thousand copies Now twenty five years later the University of Notre Dame Press is pleased to release the third edition of After Virtue which includes a new prologue After Virtue after a Quarter of a Century In this classic work Alasdair MacIntyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery While the individual chapters are wide ranging once pieced together they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity In the Third Edition prologue MacIntyre revisits the central theses of the book and concludes that although he has learned a great deal and has supplemented and refined his theses and arguments in other works he has as yet found no reason for abandoning the major contentions of this book While he recognizes that his conception of human beings as virtuous or vicious needed not only a metaphysical but also a biological grounding ultimately he remains committed to the thesis that it is only from the standpoint of a very different tradition one whose beliefs and presuppositions were articulated in their classical form by Aristotle that we can understand both the genesis and the predicament of moral modernity

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