By Alasdair MacIntyre
"t is anything to have a publication, dedicated to sure particularly important technical philosophical questions, that is more likely to produce so passionate a response." —[i]New York evaluation of Books
"A notable synthesis . . . ." —Richard Rorty
"A beautiful new examine of ethics. . . ." —Newsweek
"The most sensible ebook of philosophy in years." —John Gardner
"To name this a superb publication is to be patronizing; it really is a huge booklet, person who should be up or spoke back. it can be a good one, as are all turning issues in a tide of drama whose protagonists have idea their classes inexorable." —Choice, February 1982
When After Virtue first seemed in 1981, it was once well-known right away as an important and almost certainly arguable critique of up to date ethical philosophy. Now, in a brand new bankruptcy, Alasdair MacIntyre responds to the questions and issues raised by way of the numerous admirers and critics who made After Virtue this kind of greatly learn and mentioned paintings of philosophy. bearing in mind the discussion generated via his e-book over the last 3 years, he elaborates his place at the courting of philosophy to historical past, the virtues and the problem of relativism, and the connection of ethical philosophy to theology. In doing so, MacIntyre sustains the claims of his relevant conclusions to rational justification and demonstrates additional the responsibility of philosophy to the area and occasions it seeks to explain.
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Extra resources for After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (2nd Edition)
Even the windfalls that came with machinery were for Ricardo cause for concern insofar as they could permanently displace labor. In this respect, Lyell was much closer to the Ricardian picture than was Darwin, who believed that the economy of nature could grow indefinitely. Lyell, we have seen, put much stock in the no- Related Themes in the Natural Sciences 35 tion of a fixed quantity of life, which could be usurped from some species by others through an increase in relative population, but which could never increase overall.
Other major figures were Jean D’Alembert, the Bernoullis (Daniel, Johann, and Jakob), Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Pierre-Simon Laplace, and Pierre-Louis Maupertuis. Their contributions to mathematics and rational mechanics were eventually absorbed by economic theorists, toward the end of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth (see Mirowski 1989; and Ingrao and Israel 1990). Earlier eﬀorts to wed mathematics and economics—notably by William Whewell and A. A. Cournot—did not spark a movement at the time, Whewell’s and Cournot’s fame as philosophers notwithstanding.
Human beings, “considered merely as consumers of a certain quantity of organic matter,” are no diﬀerent from any other species in this respect (16). Lyell considers the possibility of man having increased the total yield of a given region. As we cultivate land, it is diﬃcult to suppose that “we have not empowered it to support a larger quantity of organic life” (17). But, he insists, our population has grown only at the expense of other life-forms. Lyell’s economy of nature was in a steady state.
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (2nd Edition) by Alasdair MacIntyre