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Ethics and Politics
Selected Essays

Volume 2


  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670623

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  • Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most creative and important philosophers working today. This volume presents a selection of his classic essays on ethics and politics collected together for the first time, focussing particularly on the themes of moral disagreement, moral dilemmas, and truthfulness and its importance. The essays range widely in scope, from Aristotle and Aquinas and what we need to learn from them, to our contemporary economic and social structures and the threat which they pose to the realization of the forms of ethical life. They will appeal to a wide range of readers across philosophy and especially in moral philosophy, political philosophy, and theology.

    • Alasdair MacIntyre is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest living philosophers
    • MacIntyre's most important essays on ethics and politics together in one volume for the first time
    • The second of two volumes of the philosopher's classic works, focusing on morals, truthfulness, political philosophy and theology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book deserves to be read by all who seek to understand the political implications of Christian faith.' Church Times

    'MacIntyre moved effortlessly from one subject to another without ever sinking into the unpalatable technical jargon that dominates academic writing today, proving that he is both a talented critical exponent and a highly original thinker.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… as crisp and coruscating as everything else he writes…' Prospect

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670623
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Learning From Aristotle and Aquinas:
    1. Rival Aristotles: Aristotle against some Renaissance Aristotelians
    2. Rival Aristotles: Aristotle against some modern Aristotelians
    3. Natural law as subversive: the example of Aquinas
    4. Aquinas and the extent of moral disagreement
    Part II. Ethics:
    5. Moral dilemmas
    6. Truthfulness and lies: what can we learn from Mill?
    7. Truthfulness and lies: what can we learn from Kant?
    Part III. The Politics of Ethics:
    8. Three perspectives on Marxism
    9. Poetry as political philosophy: notes on Burke and Yeats
    10. Some Enlightenment projects reconsidered
    11. Social structures and their threat to moral agency
    12. Toleration and the goods of conflict.

  • Author

    Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Alasdair MacIntyre is Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His publications include After Virtue (1981), Dependent Rational Animals (1999) and numerous journal articles.

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