After virtue : a study in moral theory by Alasdair MacIntyre

By Alasdair MacIntyre

"[I]t is whatever to have a booklet, dedicated to yes particularly significant technical philosophical questions, that's prone to produce so passionate a response." —New York evaluation of Books

"A awesome synthesis . . . ." —Richard Rorty

"A attractive new examine of ethics. . . ." —Newsweek

"The top ebook of philosophy in years." —John Gardner

"To name this an outstanding e-book is to be patronizing; it's a tremendous ebook, person who must be up or spoke back. it can be an excellent one, as are all turning issues in a tide of drama whose protagonists have concept their classes inexorable." —Choice, February 1982

When After Virtue first seemed in 1981, it used to be well-known without delay as an important and in all likelihood debatable critique of latest ethical philosophy. Now, in a brand new bankruptcy, Alasdair MacIntyre responds to the questions and concerns raised by means of the various admirers and critics who made After Virtue this kind of largely learn and mentioned paintings of philosophy. bearing in mind the discussion generated by means of his publication during the last 3 years, he elaborates his place at the dating of philosophy to historical past, the virtues and the problem of relativism, and the connection of ethical philosophy to theology. In doing so, MacIntyre sustains the claims of his imperative conclusions to rational justification and demonstrates additional the responsibility of philosophy to the area and instances it seeks to describe.

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But I would not perhaps ever have been able to recognize it in a way that could help me towards these conclusions had it not been for what I owe to my wife, Lynn Sumida Joy—in this as in so much else sine qua non. A. M. Watertown, Mass. Chapter 1 A Disquieting Suggestion Imagine that the natural sciences were to suffer the effects of a catastrophe. A series of environmental disasters are blamed by the general public on the scientists. Widespread riots occur, laboratories are burnt down, physicists are lynched, books and instruments are destroyed.

Otherwise you will not avoid war and you will be defeated. (c) Wars between the Great Powers are purely destructive; but wars waged to liberate oppressed groups, especially in the Third World, are a necessary and therefore justified means for destroying the exploitative domination which stands between mankind and happiness. 2 (a) Everybody has certain rights over his or her own person, includ-ing his or her own body. It follows from the nature of these rights that at the stage when the embryo is essentially part of the mother’s body, the mother has a right to make her own uncoerced decision on whether she will have an abortion or not.

But in a modern war calculation of future escalation is never reliable and no practically applicable distinction between combatants and noncombatants can be made. Therefore no modern war can be a just war and we all now ought to be pacifists. (b) If you wish for peace, prepare for war. The only way to achieve peace is to deter potential aggressors. Therefore you must build up your armaments and make it clear that going to war on any particular scale is not necessarily ruled out by your policies.

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