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Classic in moral Philosophy,
This review is from: After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Paperback)
The book is rightly famous, and well written although I found it tended to wander a bit at times.
McIntyre's thesis is that the Enlightenment project has gone badly wrong - there is no way of producing a consitent ethical framework with the tools it provides. Essentially his point is that ethics cannot be grounded in individualism but must be embedded in society and practice. He believes that rejecting Aristotle's ethics was a mistake.
He's very convincing about the failure of individualism and I think his point that morality has to be grounded in a community as correct. He's less sure on how we would apply Aristotelian ethics given the society we have now, how would we move from one to another where would we judge what the set of virtues is, who would be the authority and how would disputes be settled?
On the way he made me re-appraise both Nietzsche and Jane Austen, quite impressive but I didn't buy his whole argument.
For students chapter 12 (last half) is essential and the last chapter gives a handy guide to the whole book.
Worth the (considerable) effort!