The MacIntyre Reader
Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time. He opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelianism. It is this tradition, he claims, which presents the best theory so far about the nature of rationality, morality and politics. This is the first Reader of MacIntyrea s work. It includes extracts from and synopses of two famous books from the 1980s, After Virtue and Whose Justice? Which Rationality?, as well as the whole of several shorter works (one published for the first time in English) and two interviews. Taken together, these constitute not only a representative collection of his work but also the most powerful and accessible presentation of his arguments yet available. The Reader also includes a summary, by the editor, of the development of MacIntyrea s central ideas, and an extensive guide to further reading. Students will find the book a useful guide to MacIntyrea s case against both capitalist institutions and academic orthodoxies.
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- Hardback | 312 pages
- 160 x 237 x 28mm | 584g
- 23 Oct 1998
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
About Kelvin Knight
Kelvin Knight is Senior Lecturer in Politics at London Metropolitan University.
Table of contents
Editora s Introduction. Part I: Establishing the Project:. "Notes from the Moral Wilderness". Part II: Combining Social Science with Moral Theory:. a Social Science Methodology as the Ideology of Bureaucratic Authoritya . a The Claims of a After Virtuea . After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (extracts). Part III: Establishing a Tradition of Practical Rationality:. a Precis of Whose Justice? Which Rationality?a . a Practical Rationalities as Forms of Social Structurea . a Plain Persons and Moral Philosophy: Rules, Virtues and Goodsa . Part IV: Challenging Contemporary Philosophy:. Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (extracts). First Principles, Final Ends and Contemporary Philosophical Issues. a Moral Relativism, Truth and Justificationa . Part V: Challenging Contemporary Politics:. a The Theses on Feuerbach: A Road Not Takena . a Politics, Philosophy and the Common Gooda . Part VI: Reflecting on the Project:. An Interview with Giovanna Borradori. An Interview for Cogito. Guide to Further Reading. Bibliography. Index.
"Knighta s judicious selection of readings from MacIntyrea s writings succeeds in exemplifying three virtues which are difficult to combine. First, they give a good indication of the range of MacIntyrea s work. Secondly, they provide a good sense of the development of MacIntyrea s project. Finally, each of the extracts is independently comprehensible while taken together they constitute a coherent whole. In all these respects it is hard to see how the editor could have better executed what is a difficult task. This is an accessible text which does full justice to the range and depth of MacIntyrea s thought." John Horton, Keele University "Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most engaging, thought--provoking and challenging philosophers of our time. Kelvin Knighta s judicious selection of MacIntyrea s writings and his perceptive informative introduction provide an excellent guide to the full range of MacIntyrea s thinking. Knight follows MacIntyrea s intellectual development from his early days when he wrote brashly for the socialist journal, The New Reasoner through the development of his neo--Aristotelianism and his more recent turn to Thomism. The MacIntyre Reader enables one to gain a sensitive appreciation of the narrative continuity and breaks in MacIntyrea s intellectual journey. Altogether a splendid feast of a truly independent thinker." Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research, New York "This interesting collection offers a clear picture of Alasdair MacIntyrea s powerful critique of modern philosophy and politics. What is particularly compelling is the critique of modern epistemology, which is at the heart of so much of todaya s thought. MacIntyre shows convincingly how badly modern theories of knowledge have failed to understand how the subject of knowledge is embedded -- in a collective project of enquiry, in social practices, and in a (largely implicit) understanding of reality. Many people are willing to acknowledge this embedding but very few thinkers have worked out its consequences with the rigour and depth that MacIntyre has achieved. This is what makes his work indispensable for whoever wants to understand the blind spots of modern philosophy. In fact, this collection gives a good sense of how wide and deep MacIntyrea s philosophy has ranged over the last four decades." Charles Taylor, McGill University