Alasdair MacIntyre: Critic of Modernity by Peter McMylor

By Peter McMylor

This e-book is the 1st complete size account of the importance of MacIntyre's paintings for the social sciences. MacIntyre's ethical philosophy is proven to supply the assets for a robust crititque of liberalism. His dicussion of the managerist and emotivist roots of recent tradition is visible because the proposal for a severe social technology of Modernity

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54 If the manager obliterates the manipulative/non-manipulative distinction at the level of the organisation, the therapist obliterates it at the personal level. The manager treats ends as given and is concerned principally with technique, how to transform the 26 MACINTYRE—CHRISTIANITY AND/OR MARXISM? g. investment into profits. The therapist also has a set of predetermined ends, to which to apply technique. Mental illness, frustration, dissatisfaction, etc. e. selfdirected, organised contented individuals.

What, then, has been MacIntyre’s response to his loss of confidence in a Marxist resolution to his dilemma? He has principally deepened and extended his critique of liberalism both philosophically and sociologically and surveyed the philosophical and cultural resources of the past for an alternative to Marxism. None the less he remains committed to the fundamental diagnosis of the New Reasoner piece. ’48 So is there a non-liberal alternative? After Virtue is his answer. MacIntyre tells us that this work arose out of an attempt to write two books, one on the fate of morality in the modern world and another on the philosophy of social science.

73 It would, I think, be difficult to resist the view that among the names of those who wish to mount a culture critique, in the attempt to preserve a living connection between faith and culture, we should now add the name of one Alasdair MacIntyre. MacIntyre may not care for the reactionary company of an Eliot, but there can be little doubt that the tradition of the Aristotelian virtues that he defends is a process of defending a connection between a past which he feels can be still alive in the present.

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