MacIntyre on Modernity and How It Has Marginalized the Virtues

Andrew Mason

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI:
 MacIntyre on Modernity and How It Has Marginalized the Virtues

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Political philosophers have again become concerned with the role of the virtues in justifying social, political, and economic arrangements, and have explored the issue of which institutions can provide space for the virtues to flourish. In After Virtue, MacIntyre launched an attack on liberalism, arguing that the institutions it defends undermine the virtues. This paper examines MacIntyre's account and the responses it has provoked. It argues that MacIntyre makes an important criticism of liberalism that liberals have not yet fully answered, but which also creates problems for his own account.

Keywords: liberalism; modernity; MacIntyre; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  8206 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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