After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

by Alasdair MacIntyre

Paperback, 2007



University of Notre Dame Press (2007), Edition: 3rd, 312 pages


Highly controversial when it was first published in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue has since established itself as a landmark work in contemporary moral philosophy. In this book, MacIntyre sought to address a crisis in moral language that he traced back to a European Enlightenment that had made the formulation of moral principles increasingly difficult. In the search for a way out of this impasse, MacIntyre returns to an earlier strand of ethical thinking, that of Aristotle, who emphasised the importance of 'virtue' to the ethical life. More than thirty years after its original publication, After Virtue remains a work that is impossible to ignore for anyone interested in our understanding of ethics and morality today.


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Original publication date

2007 (3rd)
1984 (2nd)

Physical description

312 p.; 6 inches


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