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Brocker I 660
Modernism/Moral/MacIntyre: Thesis: Despite the efforts of three centuries, there is still no uniform, rationally justifiable explanation of a liberal, individualistic point of view (1).
Dilemma: either one follows the efforts and the collapse of the Enlightenment (see Enlightenment/MacIntyre) until only Nietzsche's diagnosis remains, or one must say that the project of the Enlightenment should never have been tackled. (2)
See also Morals/MacIntyre, Enlightenment/MacIntyre, Nietzsche/MacIntyre.
Brocker I 661
Modernism Politics/MacIntyre: is nothing more than a "civil war by other means". (3)
Solution/MacIntyre: as a last resort, MacIntyre proposes to develop local forms of community "in which civilisation and intellectual and moral life can be maintained beyond the new dark age that has already come upon us.“(4)
Brocker I 664
Modernism/MacIntyre: modernism does not understand itself. Modern fake morality is the result of a catastrophe that was not recognizable as a catastrophe (...). (5)
Solution/MacIntyre: MacIntyre mobilizes the power of the saving narrative rather than rational arguments against the epochal context of delusion.
Brocker I 665
For MacIntyre, the human is a "narrative animal". (6) We are the story we live.
Solution/MacIntyre: an affirmative confirmation of one's own dependence on tradition.
Brocker I 666
This would be a new virtue which should not be confused with a form of conservative enthusiasm for the old. Instead, an adequate sense of tradition manifests itself in the access to those future possibilities that the past has made available for the present. (7)
MacIntyre has no hope of salvation from the unease of modernism. A feeling of sentimentality or even grief is intended. (8)


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), p. 345
2. Ibid. p. 160
3. Ibid. p. 337.
4. Ibid. p. 350.
5. Ibid. p. 16
6. Ibid. p. 288
7. Ibid. p. 297f.
8. Ibid. p. 201.


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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