MacIntyre, Alasdair C.

MacIntyre, Alasdair C.

(ăl`əstər măk`ĭntīr'), 1929–, American philosopher. He teaches at the Univ. of Notre Dame in Indiana. His major contributions have come in ethicsethics,
in philosophy, the study and evaluation of human conduct in the light of moral principles. Moral principles may be viewed either as the standard of conduct that individuals have constructed for themselves or as the body of obligations and duties that a particular society
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. In his highly influential book After Virtue (1981), MacIntyre argues that moral theory and practice are currently in a state of grave disorder, brought on in part by the liberal individualism of the Enlightenment. He holds that people can best remedy this disorder by reviving the Aristotelian tradition of virtue ethics. His other works include A Short History of Ethics (1965) and Whose Justice? Which Rationality (1988).
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