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After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre
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Aug 12, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy

It was a very challenging book to read, but it was rewarding as well. I know that I don't understand 100% of it, but the parts I do understand are amazing. There's a lot of sociological and economical writing that I don't have adequate background to appreciate. Fortunately they aren't required to follow the central thesis of the book. Quite a bit of philosophy is required (or at least recommended); but I do have enough of it to follow along.

It's about virtue theory and the ethical traditions of the western world that come primarily from the ancient Greeks and Hebrews. And it's about what happened to conceptions of virtues in Europe during and following the Enlightenment era until Nietzsche.

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