Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time. He opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelianism. It is this tradition, he claims, which presents the best theory so far about the nature of rationality, morality, and politics. This is the first reader of MacIntyre's groundbreaking work. It includes extracts from and his own synopses of two famous books from the 1980s, After Virtue and Whose Justice? Which Rationality? as well as the whole of several shorter works and two interviews. Together, these pieces constitute not only a representative collection of his work but also the most powerful and accessible presentation of his arguments yet available. The MacIntyre Reader concludes with Kelvin Knight's clear and insightful overview of MacIntyre's central ideas and their development in his writings. Students will find this book an excellent introduction to one of the great thinkers of our time.
Kelvin Knight is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of North London.
“The publication of the new MacIntyre Reader—a fascinating anthology of his work from his Marxist beginnings to his Thomistic conclusions—provides an interesting opportunity for reconsidering the man’s thought.” —The Weekly Standard
“The MacIntyre student, teacher, and scholar are all greatly indebted to Kelvin Knight...” —American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
“Kelvin Knight has brought together a selection of Alasdair MacIntyre’s writings that is intended to illustrate the range of MacIntyre’ work and to offer us a sense of the development of his project.” —Philosophy East & West
“This Reader is an indispensable guide and work of reference to the thought of one of today’s most compelling critics of modern philosophy and politics.” —Philosophy in Review