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This book should be read by all who care about our society, 3 April 2001
It is now almost 20 years since MacIntyre wrote this powerful critique of modern attempts to find a plausible basis for morality. Its influence,whether acknowledged or not, has increased steadily since that time. It is reflected in the "communitarian" philosophies which, since the demise of the socialist bloc, have provided the most telling and coherent critiques of market religiosity availble. In the first chapters Kantian, Utilitarian and Emotivist moral theories are examined and found wanting. They are seen to be vulnerable to Nietzsche's devastating appeal for honesty in admitting the will to power. The Enlightenment Project with its rejection of traditional morality has failed and all we are left with is the what remnants of the traditional system can sustain us. MacIntyre then proceeds to argue for the continued validity of the Aristotlean attempt to ground moral thinking in the virtues, those qualities which develop in us as we seek a vision of the good, striving in collaboration with others towards ends which disclose themselves more fully as we pursue them. MacIntyre, in rejecting absolutist accounts of morality is often accused of relativism. "After Virtue" written in a pelucid English and rooted in practical concerns, shows how far this misconception is from the truth. If you want to understand about our moral plight and be given some conceptual tools to deliver you and others from it, buy and read this book.