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Brocker I 659
Enlightenment/Moral/Ethics/MacIntyre: For MacIntyre, Enlightenment represents a failed attempt to overcome post-medieval pluralism and eclecticism with the help of universal moral based on reason. (1) The Enlightenment had wanted to take "incoherent fragments of a once coherent system of thought and action" (2) as a basis.
Problem: there are breaks between a de-teleologization of the moral system and a simultaneous dependence on a teleological framework.
MacIntyreVsEnlightenment: the search for a moral standpoint that pretends to be independent of social order is an illusion. Obligations, rules and laws have replaced goods, traditions and social conditions.
MacIntyreVsKant: in his moral writings the "thought that moral is something other than following rules
Brocker I 660
got almost, if not completely out of sight".(3)


1. Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue. A Study in Moral Theory, Notre Dame, Ind. 1981. Dt: Alasdair MacIntyre, Der Verlust der Tugend. Zur moralischen Krise der Gegenwart. Erweiterte Neuausgabe, Frankfurt/M. 2006 (zuerst 1987), S. 61.
2. Ibid. p. 80
3. Ibid. p. 313f.


Jürgen Goldstein, „Alasdair MacIntyre, Der Verlust der Tugend“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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MacIntyre, Alasdair
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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