MacIntyre on modernity and how it has marginalized the virtues

Mason, Andrew (1996) MacIntyre on modernity and how it has marginalized the virtues. In, Crisp, Roger (eds.) How Should One Live?: Essays on the Virtues. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 191-209. (doi:10.1093/0198752342.003.0012).


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Political philosophers have again become concerned with the role of the virtues in justifying social, political, and economic arrangements, and have explored the issue of which institutions can provide space for the virtues to flourish. In After Virtue, MacIntyre launched an attack on liberalism, arguing that the institutions it defends undermine the virtues. This paper examines MacIntyre's account and the responses it has provoked. It argues that MacIntyre makes an important criticism of liberalism that liberals have not yet fully answered, but which also creates problems for his own account.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/0198752342.003.0012
ISBNs: 0198752342 (hardback)
9780198752349 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 33937
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:00

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