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Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative Hardcover – November 14, 2016
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"For readers of Alasdair MacIntyre who have wondered how the views of his After Virtue, Whose Justice? Which Rationality? and Dependent Rational Animals hang together, this book is as good a response as we could have hoped for. In Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity, we see the fundamental continuity of the ideas that MacIntyre has developed and defended over the past forty years. It is a canonical statement of MacIntyre's mature views in moral, political, and social philosophy." Mark Murphy, Georgetown University, Washington DC
"Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the greatest living philosophers and any new book by him is bound to raise the highest expectations. Readers will not be disappointed by a book that represents the culmination of MacIntyre's life long project to situate ethical thought in its historical and political context. Beginning with academic discussions in meta-ethics, the work develops into a general theory of modernity from MacIntyre's Thomistic perspective. The range of reference is remarkable: from the work of Oscar Wilde and D. H. Lawrence to that of Aquinas and Marx. MacIntyre's scholarship and insight are evident on every page. Everyone - from moral and political philosophers to the reflective general reader - will greatly benefit from reading it."
Alan Thomas, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
'It's as important a work of philosophy as there has been in some time and a must-read for MacIntyre's followers, detractors, and everyone in between.' Christian Century
'... astonishingly wide-ranging work ...' Marx and Philosophy Review of Books
Alasdair MacIntyre explores the central philosophical, political and moral claims of modernity and argues that a proper understanding of human goods requires a rejection of these claims. This significant book by a distinguished philosopher will interest a wide readership in moral and political philosophy.
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Using four biographies, he illustrates the tensions and problems associated with finding one's way through life in more or less successful narratives, each with its own merits and imperfections. The people described are more or less reflective in their decision making when confronted with the realities about themselves or their situations at different points in their lives. There is an emphasis on the social context of those lives, the goods available to them, along with the people, culture, and institutions with which they interact. All of these factors inform their decision making, which include trade-offs at various points in their lives. For better or worse, those interactions and relationships inform their preferences and how they rank those preferences, in ways that are intimately tied to their roles and identities.
This book is refreshing in many ways, citing examples as diverse as W. Edwards Deming, Quentin Tarantino, Cummins (the diesel engine company), and Sandra Day O'Connor among others. It describes the problems of practical reasoning, but does not prescribe general resolutions to those issues. Instead, it outlines the kinds of considerations, both individual and collective, that should be part of a well-lived life. Many of MacIntyre's earlier critiques of modernity can be spotted in this work, but the main consideration is outlining the preservation of rational moral agency in a culture dominated, and sometimes corroded, by grand theories of modern Morality.