Alasdair MacIntyre: Critic of Modernity by Peter McMylor

By Peter McMylor

This e-book is the 1st complete size account of the importance of Alasdair MacIntyre's paintings for the social sciences. MacIntyre's ethical philosophy is proven to supply the assets for a robust critique of liberalism. His tradition is noticeable because the concept for a severe social technological know-how of modernity.

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In this case MacIntyre begins by questioning just how serious the issue of belief and unbelief is for the protagonist of both positions. He notes the real psychological significance that the debate about belief in God had for a considerable number of Victorian intellectuals like Henry Sidgwick and Matthew Arnold and wonders why, although the issue is discussed, it seems to make so little impact in the present. He attempts to get at the problem by examining the logical structure of contemporary theism and suggests that this can only be understood when it is realised that in entering the modern world ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION 31 theism had to face two successive crises, firstly in the seventeenth century and secondly in the nineteenth.

In 1963 he produced a devastating critique of John Robinson’s liberal theological work Honest To God, anticipating the arguments of the later essays like The Religious Significance of Atheism. 83 At this stage then obviously MacIntyre was not any sort of orthodox Christian believer. For him the changing nature of the social context of belief brought about, in part, by certain understandings of science, and by the pluralisation of the social world, but also by the changes in theology, that were responses to this new situation, had robbed Christianity of content.

He notes the real psychological significance that the debate about belief in God had for a considerable number of Victorian intellectuals like Henry Sidgwick and Matthew Arnold and wonders why, although the issue is discussed, it seems to make so little impact in the present. He attempts to get at the problem by examining the logical structure of contemporary theism and suggests that this can only be understood when it is realised that in entering the modern world ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION 31 theism had to face two successive crises, firstly in the seventeenth century and secondly in the nineteenth.

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