After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

Alasdair MacIntyre


When After Virtue first seemed in 1981, it used to be well-known as an important and in all likelihood arguable critique of latest ethical philosophy. Newsweek called it “a wonderful new learn of ethics by way of one of many prime ethical philosophers within the English-speaking world.” on the grounds that that point, the booklet has been translated into greater than fifteen international languages and has bought over 100000 copies. Now, twenty-five years later, the college of Notre Dame Press is happy to unencumber the 3rd variation of After Virtue, which incorporates a new prologue “After Virtue after 1 / 4 of a Century.”
 
In this vintage paintings, Alasdair MacIntyre examines the old and conceptual roots of the assumption of advantage, diagnoses the explanations for its absence in own and public lifestyles, and gives a tentative concept for its restoration. whereas the person chapters are wide-ranging, as soon as pieced jointly they contain a penetrating and centred argument concerning the fee of modernity. within the 3rd variation prologue, MacIntyre revisits the relevant theses of the ebook and concludes that even supposing he has realized very much and has supplemented and subtle his theses and arguments in different works, he has “as but came upon no explanation for leaving behind the main contentions” of this publication. whereas he acknowledges that his perception of humans as virtuous or vicious wanted not just a metaphysical but in addition a organic grounding, eventually he is still “committed to the thesis that it is just from the perspective of a truly assorted culture, one whose ideals and presuppositions have been articulated of their classical shape by means of Aristotle, that we will comprehend either the genesis and the difficulty of ethical modernity.”

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