Alasdair MacIntyre: Critic of Modernity by Peter McMylor

By Peter McMylor

This e-book is the 1st complete size account of the importance of Alasdair MacIntyre's paintings for the social sciences. MacIntyre's ethical philosophy is proven to supply the assets for a strong critique of liberalism. His tradition is obvious because the concept for a serious social technology of modernity.

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For he rejects what he sees as Aristotle’s ‘meta-physical biology’59 but paradoxically it is precisely a revival in metaphysical realism that has allowed a regeneration of a version of Marxism premised upon Aristotle’s (cum Hegel’s) metaphysics. Such a view would, in effect, fulfil the promise of the young MacIntyre. The core of MacIntyre’s arguments is that Aristotle avoids abstract moral imperatives bearing down on recalcitrant human nature—as in versions of the Kantian and more general Protestant tradition—by the employment of practical reason as embodied in the tradition of the virtues; the virtues being settled dispositions, acquired by practice, which enable us to behave in ways that allow us to flourish, in human practices and pursue the good life.

The individual’ is the name of a piece of social fabrication, of a social role created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in order to abstract human beings from certain aspects of their beliefs and circumstances. So it is not human individuals as such, bearing with them the complexities of belief and circumstance, including their allegiance to some theory of the good and their membership of social groups espousing such a theory, who are the agents who appear in modern practical reasoning.

A way of coping with disorder, MacIntyre suggests that this furnishes us with a ‘photographic negative’ of Karl Popper’s view of the practice of science. This, MacIntyre claims, establishes the difference between the primitive and the modern, for Primitive man acknowledges the existence of the anomaly, of the exceptional, of that which constitutes a counterexample to his conceptual generalizations, only in order to outlaw that anomaly; and he thus avoids having to revise or reformulate his prevalent beliefs.

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