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After Virtue, Third Edition

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy. Since that time, the book has been translated into more than 15 foreign languages and has sold over 100,000 copies. Now, 25 years later, the University of Notre Dame Press is pleased to release the third edition of After Virtue, which includes a new prologue: "After Virtue After a Quarter of a Century".

In this classic work, Alasdair MacIntyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery. While the individual chapters are wide-ranging, once pieced together, they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity.

In the third edition's prologue, MacIntyre revisits the central theses of the book and concludes that, although he has learned a great deal and has supplemented and refined his theses and arguments in other works, he has "as yet found no reason for abandoning the major contentions" of this book. While he recognizes that his conception of human beings as virtuous or vicious needed not only a metaphysical but also a biological grounding, ultimately he remains "committed to the thesis that it is only from the standpoint of a very different tradition, one whose beliefs and presuppositions were articulated in their classical form by Aristotle, that we can understand both the genesis and the predicament of moral modernity."

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  • No to Statism
  • 16-11-2019

A Philosopher is a Philosopher

I had hoped that Dr. Maclintyre would with some dogmatism, bring into sharper relief the differences between modern notions of virtue, and those held by Aristotle. And of course this would by necessity, include those Aristotelians who adhered to Aristotle's philosophy. Unfortunately, I was offered a more softened, and restrained comparison.

This treatise is written by a philosopher, and it is a superb philosophic book. Nevertheless, I am not a philosopher, and do not aspire to be one. At this point though, I want to unhesitatingly commend Derek Perkins for his excellent work in his narration of After Virtue. He made my overall experience with this audiobook very pleasant!

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  • Luke Reese
  • 29-10-2019

good philosophy

I heard about this book from the Great Courses history of Western philosophy. Was a great follow up to that and the narration is fantastic for the genre. Thought-provoking and perspective-altering ideas in here that make a whole lot of intuitive sense. Will be seeking out more like this!

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  • lewis
  • 12-06-2019

A masterpiece of ethics and read excellently.

MacIntyre's work is a must read for those who seek to understand ethics in a world where subjectivism and nihilism have all but conquered. After virtue is a torch in the dark, showing us the path back to Aristotelian concepts long alienated by the enlightenment, modernity and post-modernity.

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  • David Mossley
  • 07-10-2018

A truly great (though flawed) work in philosophy

A great work, from an intellectual giant. You don't have to agree with MacIntyre's whole package of conclusions to find this a superb study of the history of moral thought, virtue ethics and parlous state of modern moral discourse. Perfectly and clearly narrated.