By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson
Even though Alasdair MacIntyre is better identified at the present time because the writer of "After Virtue" (1981), he used to be, within the Fifties and Sixties, the most erudite individuals of Britaina (TM)s Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist occasion, then the recent Left, and at last the heterodox Trotskyist foreign Socialism workforce. this option of his essays on Marxism from that interval goals to teach that his younger suggestion profoundly proficient his mature ethics, and that, within the wake of the cave in of the state-capitalist regimes in Russia and jap Europe, the strong and confident progressive Marxist ethics of liberation he articulated in that interval is arguably as salient to anti-capitalist activists at the present time because it was once part a century in the past.
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MacIntyre’s socialist morality, in this context, could boast no more compelling foundation than any competing moral claim. ’ to a packed room in the Examinations Schools. My image is of a short, jowelled figure in a corduroy suit, the latest in radical chic. The style was at once magisterial and provocative, deadpan but destructive. . Like Nietzsche and Sartre, MacIntyre saw ‘the death of God’ as a cataclysmic event in the history of moral systems which had, since the Enlightenment, become a series of failed attempts to attain the objectivity of theism without the embarrassment of theistic doctrines, an objective moral code without God as the author.
103 This argument prefigures that expressed in his essay ‘The Theses on Feuerbach: A Road Not Taken’ (1994). Here, he suggests that while workers may have engaged in such social practices as facilitated the realisation of virtuous communities at certain 101 102 103 MacIntyre 1970, p. 91. MacIntyre 1970, pp. 42, 43. , p. 61. indd xlviii 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM Introduction: the Unknown Alasdair MacIntyre • xlix moments in history, by contrast with Marx’s expectations the process of proletarianisation had simultaneously made resistance a necessary part of the lives of the working class, while robbing this resistance of its emancipatory content.
90 While he chose Marxism in 1966, he refused any criteria by which this choice could rationally be defended. Therefore, without a theory of human nature with which to underpin it, his theory of revolution, at least as he had outlined it in ‘Freedom and Revolution’, 87 88 89 90 Chapter 31; ‘Marx’. MacIntyre 1967, p. 75. MacIntyre 1966, pp. 210–14. Cf. Sedgwick 1982. MacIntyre 1966, pp. 268–9. indd xliv 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM Introduction: the Unknown Alasdair MacIntyre • xlv remained baseless. MacIntyre’s socialist morality, in this context, could boast no more compelling foundation than any competing moral claim.
Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings, 1953-1974 (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 19) by Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson