Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Tasks of Philosophy

The Tasks of Philosophy
Selected Essays

Volume 1


  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521854375

£ 58.00

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • How should we respond when some of our basic beliefs are put into question? What makes a human body distinctively human? Why is truth an important good? These are among the questions explored in this 2006 collection of essays by Alasdair MacIntyre, one of the most creative and influential philosophers working today. Ten of MacIntyre's most influential essays written over almost thirty years are collected together here for the first time. They range over such topics as the issues raised by different types of relativism, what it is about human beings that cannot be understood by the natural sciences, the relationship between the ends of life and the ends of philosophical writing, and the relationship of moral philosophy to contemporary social practice. 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
    • Ten of MacIntyre's most influential essays, written over nearly thirty years, published in one volume for the first time
    • The first of two volumes of the philosopher's classic works on moral and political philosophy plus theology
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521854375
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Defining a Philosophical Stance:
    1. Epistemological crises, dramatic narrative and the philosophy of science
    2. Colors, cultures, and practices
    3. Moral relativism, truth and justification
    4. Hegel on faces and skulls
    5. What is a human body?
    6. Moral philosophy and contemporary social practice: what holds them apart?
    Part II. The Ends of Philosophical Enquiry:
    7. The ends of life, the ends of philosophical writing
    8. First principles, final ends and contemporary philosophical issues
    9. Philosophy recalled to its tasks: a Thomistic reading of Fides et Ratio
    10. Truth as a good: a reflection on Fides et Ratio.

  • 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.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.