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The Works of Alasdair MacIntyre

As part of the 75th anniversary of Notre Dame Press, we want to highlight some of our fantastic authors. Our first focus is Alasdair MacIntyre, one of the world’s leading moral philosophers. His work opened up a new discussion of contemporary moral philosophy, and inspired many to write in response to him and his line of thinking.

Take a look at our MacIntyre catalog, which includes all of his books in addition to works on his philosophy and life. Below are a few highlighted titles from the catalog—worthy additions to any library.  

MacIntyre Catalog

After Virtue is a rigorous, ambitious, and original book. It is a reinterpretation of the entire history of Western moral philosophy, as decline, fall, and—possibly—rebirth.”

The Village Voice

“Provides a penetrating overview of the ideas of 20th-century moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. . . . Perreau-Saussine proves a talented historian of ideas, cogently elucidating how such diverse traditions as Marxism, Catholicism, and Aristotelianism come together in MacIntyre’s writings.”

Publishers Weekly

“MacIntyre’s highly respected Short History has been translated into six languages. Out of print in English for several years, its reappearance in this second edition is a welcome event. MacIntyre is always provocative, and this book will continue to excite engagement with fundamental moral issues.”


“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

MacIntyre’s project, here as elsewhere, is to put up a fight against philosophical relativism. . . . The current form is the ‘incommensurability,’ so-called, of differing standpoints or conceptual schemes. Mr. MacIntyre claims that different schools of philosophy must differ fundamentally about what counts as a rational way to settle intellectual differences. Reading between the lines, one can see that he has in mind nationalities as well as thinkers, and literary criticism as well as academic philosophy. More explicitly, he labels and discusses three significantly different standpoints: the encyclopedic, the genealogical and the traditional. . . . [T]he chapters on the development of Christian philosophy between Augustine and Duns Scotus are very interesting indeed. . . . [T]hese chapters surely show that he must be the past, present, future and all-time philosophical historians’ historian of philosophy.”

The New York Times Book Review

Whose Justice? Which Rationality? is a work of signal importance … [it] is usually convincing, always provocative, and has wide-reaching implications for the way we think about our historical moment.”


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