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After Virtue (Bloomsbury Revelations) [Paperback]

Alasdair MacIntyre
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25 April 2013 Bloomsbury Revelations
Highly controversial when it was first published in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue has since established itself as a landmark work in contemporary moral philosophy. In this book, MacIntyre sought to address a crisis in moral language that he traced back to a European Enlightenment that had made the formulation of moral principles increasingly difficult. In the search for a way out of this impasse, MacIntyre returns to an earlier strand of ethical thinking, that of Aristotle, who emphasised the importance of 'virtue' to the ethical life.

More than thirty years after its original publication, After Virtue remains a work that is impossible to ignore for anyone interested in our understanding of ethics and morality today.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780936257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780936253
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alasdair MacIntyre is Senior Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several bestselling books, including After Virtue, Whose Justice? Which Rationality?, and A Short History of Ethics (a Routledge Classic).

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1.0 out of 5 stars Exam-pie 23 May 2013
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This book is full, and I mean completely and utterly loaded, with typographical errors. Often two or three in a paragraph. Sometimes two in a sentence. Throughout the entire book. It is clear that what bloomsbury have done is just to scan the original, slap a new cover on it and give it a hip and unusual font and then throw it on the shelves without double-checking the contents first. I know that this is what they've done because I have the original, that I've taken out from my university's library, and I've been comparing the two. The most commonly occurring typo is just a random hyphen left in the middle of unhyphenated words for no obvious reason. So "incomplete" inexplicably becomes "in-complete." I had an inkling as to why this was happening so I checked the original to see if I was right and, lo and behold, I was. The original text often cuts words in half and moves half the word to the next line, which of course is fine. But for the new book all the words were moved without being edited, so the hyphens remain, but now they just make no sense. And there are other typos as well. A (really) common one I've found is the word "and" being changed to "arid," and you can sort of see the logic as to why the software might have made that mistake. My favourite so far has been "exam-pie" which, after consulting the original text (of course), turns out actually to be "example." That makes two typos IN ONE WORD! Have you ever heard of a book that was so full of typos that you had to have a different edition of the same book to hand just to read the original? I would just read straight from the original copy I have if it wasn't falling apart.

Why is this such a problem? Well, for two reasons. Firstly, at 15 the book isn't cheap.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formatting 20 Jan 2014
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The above review appears to refer to a printed edition, as the kindle version has none of the above flaws. This is one of the books that anyone who wishes to study moral philosophy should possess. It
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this edition! 27 July 2014
By Ray
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Completely agree with the previous review of the print edition. This is the most irresponsible job of publishing that I have ever encountered!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Edited 7 Mar 2014
By studitch - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, there are so many typos in this edition from Bloomsbury Revelations that it actually distorts the text. At times you don't even know what the word was supposed to be... Very sad for a great book like this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly edited 13 Mar 2014
By pulver - Published on Amazon.com
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The text is saturated with errors. For a better read, I suggest finding this book from a different publisher. The errors are distracting and disrupt the flow of the text and thought -- a disservice to the text, reader, and author.
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