By Alasdair MacIntyre
"[I]t is whatever to have a publication, dedicated to convinced particularly primary technical philosophical questions, that is prone to produce so passionate a response." —New York assessment of Books
"A outstanding synthesis . . . ." —Richard Rorty
"A lovely new learn of ethics. . . ." —Newsweek
"The most sensible publication of philosophy in years." —John Gardner
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When After Virtue first seemed in 1981, it was once famous straight away as an important and almost certainly debatable critique of up to date ethical philosophy. Now, in a brand new bankruptcy, Alasdair MacIntyre responds to the questions and issues raised via the numerous admirers and critics who made After Virtue this kind of generally learn and mentioned paintings of philosophy. taking into consideration the discussion generated through his publication over the last 3 years, he elaborates his place at the courting of philosophy to background, the virtues and the problem of relativism, and the connection of ethical philosophy to theology. In doing so, MacIntyre sustains the claims of his significant conclusions to rational justification and demonstrates extra the responsibility of philosophy to the realm and occasions it seeks to describe.
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So abortion is not only morally wrong, but ought to be legally prohibited. 3 (a) Justice demands that every citizen should enjoy, so far as is possible, an equal opportunity to develop his or her talents and his or her other potentialities. But prerequisites for the provision of such equal opportunity include the provision of equal access to health care and to education. Therefore justice requires the governmental provision of health and educational services, financed out of taxation, and it also requires that no citizen should be able to buy an unfair share of such services.
Hence perhaps the slightly shrill tone of so much moral debate. But that shrillness may have an additional source. For it is not only in arguments with others that we are reduced so quickly to assertion and counter-assertion; it is also in the arguments that we have within ourselves. For whenever an agent enters the forum of public debate he has already presumably, explicitly or implicitly, settled the matter in question in his own mind. Yet if we possess no unassailable criteria, no set of compelling reasons by means of which we may convince our opponents, it follows that in the process of making up our own minds we can have made no appeal to such criteria or such reasons.
And in the closing sentences of my final chapter I alluded to that fine poem by Constantine Kavafis, Waiting for the Barbarians, over-optimistically expecting both those allusions to be widely recognized. Since they have all too often not been recognized, let me now acknowledge explicitly these and other debts of the imagination, debts as important in their own way as the intellectual debts acknowledged in the text. I should also make it clear that, although After Virtue was written in part out of a recognition of those moral inadequacies of Marxism which its twentieth-century history had disclosed, I was and remain deeply indebted to Marx’s critique of the economic, social, and cultural order of capitalism and to the development of that critique by later Marxists.
After virtue : a study in moral theory by Alasdair MacIntyre