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Alasdair MacIntyre on Liberalism - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 661
Liberalism/MacIntyreVsLiberalism/Modernism/MacIntyre: For MacIntyre, the liberalism of modern societies is little more than "a collection of strangers, each chasing its own interests under minimal restrictions. (1)
Modern nation: be only a traditionally forgotten collection of "citizens of nowhere". (2)
Rationality/MacIntyre: In a "world of profane rationality", "any public, common logical basis or justification" (3) for our moral orientations is missing. We are victims of a pluralism that threatens to overrun us. (4). See Modernism/MacIntyre.
Brocker I 664
University/MacIntyreVsLiberalism: MacIntyre advocates an idea of the university that sees it as its stage on which divergent points of view are presented in order to be able to view the central conflicts. Instead, he diagnoses a real university conflict avoidance strategy disguised as liberality. (5)


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. 334
2. Ibid. p. 210
3. Ibid. p. 74
4. Ibid. p.. 301.
5. Alasdair MacIntyre , Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry. Encyclopedia, Genealogy and Tradition (Gifford Lectures 1988) Notre Dame, Ind. 1990 p. 231.


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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