After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy. Newsweek called it ?a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English-speaking world.? Since that time, the book has been translated into more than fifteen foreign languages and has sold When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of...

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Title:After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
Author:Alasdair MacIntyre
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory Reviews

  • David Gross
    Feb 22, 2008
    What if our contemporary moral discourse were a cargo cult in which we picked up fragments of a long lost, once-coherent moral philosophy, and ignorantly constructed a bunch of nonsense that didn?t work and could not work in principle? After Virtue argues that this indeed is what ...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 09, 2008
    wrong, and in many ways absurd, but absolutely delightful. This book made me want to do ethics, when I was just a wee lass studying Medieval metaphysics and logic. ...
  • booklady
    Jun 04, 2008
    Saw this as a favorite on a friend's bookshelf. It is also on mine--now I have a reason to move it up on my priority list... ...
  • David
    May 07, 2014
    In my twenties I read a lot of books. I was in seminary, reading assigned readings, and then I was starting out in ministry reading books on leadership and spiritual formation and the like. Over time I began to notice some authors were referenced in numerous books I was reading. Now in...
  • Paul
    Nov 23, 2012
    I've often wondered why I cannot seem to construct a coherent, rational argument with respect to any of the hot-button social issues of our day. MacIntyre says I'm not alone; both liberals and conservatives today are trapped in a radically individualist philosophical liberalism that ca...
  • Mike Horne
    Jan 23, 2011
    Pick a virtue you would want to have in spades. Pick a virtue you want others around you to have. Are they the same? Why or why not? From the Iliad (or Njal?s Saga) Courage Allegiance to Kin Hospitality Cardinal Temperance Prudence Fortitude Justice Aristotle?s (fro...
  • Bob Nichols
    Aug 09, 2009
    MacIntyre provides a strong critique of contemporary moral theory, dominated as it is by varieties of emotivism: There are no objective standards; moral values are subjective and relative. This is the first half of his book. As much as MacIntyre admires Aristotle, he cannot go back to ...
  • Sarah Myers
    Jan 26, 2012
    Great book. It feels slightly Justin Bieber fangirl-ish to love this book and author as much as I do, but it was that good. Even though I had heard references to MacIntyre's work many times before, reading After Virtue straight through cleared up so much confusion, it almost felt like ...
  • Scott
    Dec 05, 2018
    I read this in spurts over the last few years. Only recently did I decide to pick it up and finish it. Really good, though some sections dragged on. ...
  • sologdin
    Sep 18, 2015
    Intertextuality Update: fairly obvious, in the course of my current re-read of A Confederacy of Dunces, that author here has simply taken protagonist there and channeled him as non-satirical: MacIntyre is Ignatius Reilly. The worm is the spice! A fairly conservative endeavor overal...
  • Jan Rice
    Sep 15, 2015
    I began this book around September 2015, then reviewed the first half in January of 2016 in advance of a hiatus in reading. I resumed in April, but this time I wasn't alone. It had looked like such fun that Dennis wanted to study with me. First we backtracked and did some review, a...
  • Joseph Sverker
    Oct 06, 2014
    It is with a certain sense of reverence that one pick up a book like this in order to read. It is such a classic in its field and it is constantly referred to so in the end I simply had to read, and it is so nice when one really do get down to read these books, because it doesn't alway...
  • Jonathan Karmel
    Mar 19, 2015
    According to this book, after the Enlightenment, moral philosophers rejected Aristotle?s teleological philosophy of ethics in search of a rational basis for morality. But the effort to find a universal rationality for morality failed. Therefore, we are just left with Emotivism, the b...
  • Scriptor Ignotus
    Jun 04, 2013
    Never before have I read a work of nonfiction which argues that we are already living in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, but according to MacIntyre, we are indeed living through a new Dark Age - at least as far as morality is concerned. MacIntyre lays out a famous hypothetical at the ...
  • Robert Durough, Jr.
    Mar 20, 2012
    This is one of those books that I?ve had for several years, really wanted to read, but kept putting off to get through some easier reads. It took me a few days to get through this dense work of philosophy, but I am blessed to have finally completed Alasdair MacIntyre?s After Virtue...
  • Samantha
    Apr 09, 2013
    Though I didn't necessarily agree with all the author's ultimate conclusions, I found After Virtue to be a cogent and well-argued work on moral theory. One of MacIntyre's claims against "emotivism" that he finds to be pervading societal discourse on morality--that is, morals and "virtu...
  • Charles
    Feb 23, 2019
    The poor Enlightenment. Trapped by its inherent contradictions, we in the West find ourselves locked into playing out the game set by it, struggling to make the best of a bad hand until inevitably forced to fold, though the precise manner and consequences of that folding are yet to be ...
  • Gregg Wingo
    Jul 27, 2012
    Alasdair MacIntyre is a confirmed moralist and his work, ?After Virtue?, is an analysis of the defeat of moral and civic virtue by the Enlightenment. MacIntyre exhibits such a grasp of lingual analysis, use of historical techniques, and philosophical critique that one wishes he was...
  • James
    Jun 11, 2019
    A sweeping history of ethics in the west along with philosophical argumentation for how to approach moral philosophy today. The book is a whirlwind of analyses and criticisms of various moral concepts and movements. The overall pro-argument is historical, detailed, and subtle. Regardle...
  • Gregory Weber
    Nov 16, 2017
    MacIntyre begins with the observation that our modern moral arguments ? on issues such as just war and peace, abortion, and economic opportunity ? seem interminable and irresolvable, because neither side can accept the assumptions of the other, and so we loudly insist on our own as...
  • Murtaza
    Sep 08, 2017
    A big reason that modern debates over moral issues seem completely interminable and unresolvable is that we no longer have a shared idea of what the goal of a society should be, nor, correspondingly, any idea of the ultimate purpose of an individual living in a society. In this book, A...
  • Terese
    Sep 01, 2019
    This was a really fun book to read, if only because it challenges what still seems to be orthodoxy within most academic institutions. Recommending it to a friend I said that one of it's appeals, and downsides, is how accessible it is. Meaning that the writing is - in a sense - both...
  • Muhamed
    May 14, 2019
    I found it a very heavy book. I think I need more time with Alisdair MacIntyre before I can review. Will come back to this. ...
  • tJacksonrichards
    Aug 02, 2017
    On my philosophy shelf After Virtue is singular in its approachability and astute defiance of contemporary philosophical (& critical) norms. Its charms are perhaps deceptively anachronistic: MacIntyre shoos the damn geese off his lawn?the geese of course being marxists, relativis...
  • Alina W.
    Jun 23, 2019
    Our modern debates on moral subjects are not rationally resolvable -- think of the abortion debate; such debates arise from a difference in the prioritization of values, which cannot be 'weighed' against each other. It seems that our differences in fundamental values are simply result ...
  • Tim
    Jul 27, 2017
    Whew. ...
  • Alex
    Sep 09, 2016
    I wish I could give After Virtue more than one rating. I had high hopes for it, and some of them were fulfilled. For example, MacIntyres analysis of emotivism is flawless. His thoughts on it mirror many of my own, but of course his are more eloquent and sophisticated than what I came u...
  • Zachary
    Jan 28, 2017
    This book got me seriously interested in philosophy. It is everything a book of its kind should be: engaging, convincing, full of urgency. ...
  • Micah
    Dec 31, 2018
    Tried to start this book 4 years ago but gave up as it seemed to tedious for me. But after two years of Drumpf I see now that we really are living in a world ""after virtue""?this book is prophetic !! ...
  • Michael Eckhardt
    Dec 24, 2018
    Absolutely brilliant book, impressive in both breadth and depth. It has already been significant to me in understanding why moral debates are so maddening, how impoverished our modern vocabulary has become for moral and religious concepts, and what a mixed bag the enlightenment has tur...