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What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century? is a volume of essays originally presented at University College Dublin in 2009 to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Alasdair MacIntyre—a protagonist at the center of that very question. What marks this collection is the unusual range of approaches and perspectives, representing divergent and even contradictory positions. Such variety reflects MacIntyre's own intellectual trajectory, which led him to engage successively with various schools of thought: analytic, Marxist, Christian, atheist, Aristotelian, Augustinian, and Thomist. This collection presents a unique profile of twentieth-century moral philosophy and is itself an original contribution to ongoing debate. The volume begins with Alasdair MacIntyre's fascinating philosophical self-portrait, "On Having Survived the Academic Moral Philosophy of the Twentieth Century," which charts his own intellectual development. The first group of essays considers MacIntyre's revolutionary contribution to twentieth-century moral philosophy: its value in understanding and guiding human action, its latent philosophical anthropology, its impetus in the renewal of the Aristotelian tradition, and its application to contemporary interests. The next group of essays considers the complementary and competing traditions of emotivism, Marxism, Thomism, and phenomenology. A third set of essays presents thematic analyses of such topics as evolutionary ethics, accomplishment and just desert, relativism, evil, and the inescapability of ethics. MacIntyre responds with a final essay, "What Next?," that addresses questions raised by contributors to the volume.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 1: On Having Survived the Academic Moral Philosophy of the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. Part I: Reading Alasdair MacIntyre
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. Chapter 2: Keeping Philosophy Relevant and Humanistic
  2. pp. 37-56
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  1. Chapter 3: Ethics at the Limits: A Reading of Dependent Rational
  2. pp. 57-82
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  1. Chapter 4: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Revisionary Aristotelianism: Pragmatism Opposed, Marxism Outmoded, Thomism Transformed
  2. pp. 83-121
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  1. Chapter 5: Alasdair MacIntyre: Reflections on a Philosophical Identity, Suggestions for a Philosophical Project
  2. pp. 122-144
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  1. Chapter 6: Against the Self-Images of the Age: MacIntyre and Løgstrup
  2. pp. 145-162
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  1. Part II: Complementary and Competing Traditions
  2. pp. 163-164
  1. Chapter 7: MacIntyre and the Emotivists
  2. pp. 165-199
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  1. Chapter 8: Naturalism, Nihilism, and Perfectionism: Stevenson, Williams, and Nietzsche in Twentieth-Century Moral Philosophy
  2. pp. 200-220
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  1. Chapter 9: Marxism and the Ethos of the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 221-243
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  1. Chapter 11: The Perfect Storm: On the Loss of Nature as a Normative Theonomic Principle in Moral Philosophy
  2. pp. 271-303
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  1. Chapter 12: Forgiveness at the Limit: Impossible or Possible?
  2. pp. 304-320
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  1. Part III: Thematic Analyses
  2. pp. 321-322
  1. Chapter 13: Evolutionary Ethics: A Metaphysical Evaluation
  2. pp. 323-357
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  1. Chapter 14: The Social Epistemological Normalization of Contestable Narratives: Stories of Just Deserts
  2. pp. 358-375
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  1. Chapter 15: History, Fetishism, and Moral Change
  2. pp. 376-391
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  1. Chapter 16: Relativism, Coherence, and the Problems of Philosophy
  2. pp. 392-422
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  1. Chapter 17: Ethics and the Evil of Being
  2. pp. 423-459
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  1. Chapter 18: The Inescapability of Ethics
  2. pp. 460-473
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  1. Epilogue: What Next?
  2. pp. 474-486
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 487-492
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 493-500
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268088668
Related ISBN
9780268037376
MARC Record
OCLC
849947046
Pages
544
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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