By Peter McMylor
This ebook is the 1st complete size account of the importance of Alasdair MacIntyre's paintings for the social sciences. MacIntyre's ethical philosophy is proven to supply the assets for a robust critique of liberalism. His tradition is visible because the proposal for a serious social technological know-how of modernity.
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Selfdirected, organised contented individuals. But neither manager nor therapist can meaningfully argue about the moral content of ends. If Weber is the theorist of the manager, then for MacIntyre, Erving Goffman gives us the therapeutic vision of society. 55 But the ‘I’ has not disappeared in Goffman, rather it stands over and against each of its roles. Its sense of ‘freedom’ seems to reside in its relative indifference to any particular role and an awareness of the ultimate contingency of each situation.
Chesterton. 73 It would, I think, be difficult to resist the view that among the names of those who wish to mount a culture critique, in the attempt to preserve a living connection between faith and culture, we should now add the name of one Alasdair MacIntyre. MacIntyre may not care for the reactionary company of an Eliot, but there can be little doubt that the tradition of the Aristotelian virtues that he defends is a process of defending a connection between a past which he feels can be still alive in the present.
The therapist also has a set of predetermined ends, to which to apply technique. Mental illness, frustration, dissatisfaction, etc. e. selfdirected, organised contented individuals. But neither manager nor therapist can meaningfully argue about the moral content of ends. If Weber is the theorist of the manager, then for MacIntyre, Erving Goffman gives us the therapeutic vision of society. 55 But the ‘I’ has not disappeared in Goffman, rather it stands over and against each of its roles. Its sense of ‘freedom’ seems to reside in its relative indifference to any particular role and an awareness of the ultimate contingency of each situation.
Alasdair MacIntyre: Critic of Modernity by Peter McMylor