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MacIntyre, Alasdair (1929–)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-R045-2
Version: v2,  Published online: 2017
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Article Summary

Alasdair MacIntyre has contributed to the diverse fields of social, moral and political philosophy. He is one of the leading proponents of a virtue ethical approach in moral philosophy, part of a wider attempt to recover an Aristotelian conception of both morality and politics. His return to ancient and mediaeval sources has been powered by a critical indictment of the modern moral predicament, which MacIntyre regards as theoretically confused and practically fragmented; only a return to a tradition which synthesizes Aristotelian and Augustinian elements will restore rationality and intelligibility to contemporary moral and political life.

Citing this article:
Thomas, Alan and Tom Angier. MacIntyre, Alasdair (1929–), 2017, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-R045-2. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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