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After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre
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If anything MacIntyre does a wonderful job of explaining all the misguided and quirky cul-de-sacs that the study of Ethics has fallen prey to over the last few centuries (culminating in Nietzsche's big philosophical gut-punch and the legacy of his critique of Enlightenment thought). As to his positive theory--and his attempt at revitalizing virtue ethics--I can only say that the case he makes is equally plausible and problematic, plausible because, say what you will about teleological thinking, Aristotle's virtue ethics appears commensensical to some degree, and problematic because of all the dated aspects that still attach themselves to virtue ethics. MacIntyre also poses strong critiques of individualist-promoting theories such as Rawls' and Nozick's that are worth considering.

Definitely worth reading for anyone studying ethics, political theory, or who is interested in Aristotle's practical philosophy.
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