Alasdair MacIntyre - Living Philosophers | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Alasdair MacIntyre

    Alasdair MacIntyreIn the fall of 2006 a graduate course was offered on the thought of Alasdair MacIntyre which culminated in a visit to the class by Prof. MacIntyre at the end of November. MacIntyre, who is noted for his work in moral and political philosophy, was educated at the University of London and Oxford University. His early teaching career was in England where he taught at Manchester University, Leeds University, Essex University and Oxford. He came to the United States in 1969 where he has taught at Brandeis University, Wellesley College, Vanderbilt University, and Duke University where he is professor emeritus. Since 2000 he has been the Rev. John A. O'Brien Senior Research Professor and the Permanent Senior Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. MacIntyre was the recipient of a Metcalf Prize in 1974 and has honorary degrees from Swarthmore College, Queens University of Belfast, University of Essex, Williams College, and The New School for Social Research. He is a past president of American Philosophical Association.

    MacIntyre, who converted to Catholicism in the early 1980s, works within the traditions of Augustine and Aquinas and is influential in the revival of contemporary interest in their ethical systems. He is also an important figure in the recent development of virtue ethics. McIntyre also has a scholarly interest in the work of Edith Stein on whom he has written two books. He is also the author of a recent significant work on education entitled, The End of Education: The Fragmentation of the American University, published by Commonweal. MacIntyre is the author of over thirty books. A list of some of his works is given below.

    • Marxism: An Interpretation
    • The Unconscious: A Conceptual Analysis
    • Difficulties in Religious Belief
    • A Short History of Ethics
    • Secularization and Moral Change
    • Herbert Marcuse: An Exposition and a Polemic
    • Against the Self-Images of the Age: Essays on Ideology and Philosophy
    • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
    • Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry
    • Marxism and Christianity
    • Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues
    • Edith Stein: A Philosophical Prologue 1913-1922
    • Edith Stein: The Philosophic Background
    • The Tasks of Philosophy: Selected Essays, Volume 1
    • Ethics and Politics: Selected Essays Volume 2
    • Whose Justice? Which Rationality?
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