Against the Self-Images of the Age
Essays on Ideology and Philosophy
296 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268005870 | September 1989
Hardcover | 9780268005863 | January 2018
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268162344 | January 2018
Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the few professional philosophers whose writings span both technical analytical philosophy and those general moral or intellectual questions that laymen often suppose to be the province of philosophy but that are seldom discussed within its bounds. The unity of this book—made up both of original and previously published pieces—lies in its attempt to expose this dichotomy and to link beliefs and moral theories with philosophical criticism. The author successively criticizes Christianity, Marxism, and psychoanalysis for their failure to express the forms of thought and action that constitute our contemporary social life, and argues that a greater understanding of our complex world will require a more thorough inquiry into the philosophy of the social sciences.
Alasdair MacIntyre is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics at London Metropolitan University and Rev John A. O'Brien Senior Research Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous books, including After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, A Short History of Ethics, and Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition, all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
“The main impression left by this collection . . . is of the scope and thoroughness of Alasdair MacIntyre’s interests and the admirable fertility of his mind.” —Times Literary Supplement
“. . . the arguments which MacIntyre advances on these topics are at once subtly conceived and persuasively expressed.” —The Observer Review