Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition


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Those familiar with MacIntyre will require no encouragement to read this, the latest of his contributions to ethics. Here MacIntyre moves beyond his diagnosis of our situation to defend the Thomistic understanding of the relation of metaphysics to morality. The breadth of learning is, as always, stunning. 241 pp.

An Eighth Day View:

MacIntyre's project, here as elsewhere, is to put up a fight against philosophical relativism. . . . The current form is the 'incommensurability, ' so-called, of differing standpoints or conceptual schemes. Mr. MacIntyre claims that different schools of philosophy must differ fundamentally about what counts as a rational way to settle intellectual differences. Reading between the lines, one can see that he has in mind nationalities as well as thinkers, and literary criticism as well as academic philosophy. More explicitly, he labels and discusses three significantly different standpoints: the encyclopedic, the genealogical and the traditional. . . . T]he chapters on the development of Christian philosophy between Augustine and Duns Scotus are very interesting indeed. . . . MacIntyre] must be the past, present, future, and all-time philosophical historians' historian of philosophy. -The New York Times Book Review

Title:: Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition


Categories: Philosophy & Linguistics,

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press: August 1991

ISBN Number:: 0268018774

ISBN Number: 13: 9780268018771

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 172008