After Virtue Background

After Virtue Background

After Virtue is a philosophical novel written by Alasdair Macintyre and was first published in 1981 by the University of Notre Dame Press. The third edition of the novel was published in 2007 and contains a new prologue.

The novel focuses on the state of modern society ad the ethics that establish our current society and social structure. Macintyre goes into a lot of depth about the influence the Enlightenment period on moral structures and criticizes key philosophers such as Marx and Humes, stating that they "fail because of certain shared characteristics deriving from their highly specific historical background."

There have been mixed views towards the release of the novel, with George Scialabba, a freelance book critic commending McIntyre for his strong critique but noting that he "falters" in his description of how to lead the ideal virtuous lifestyle. Christos Evangeliou of Review of Metaphysics stated that there "may be a little disappointed in [the readers] expectations".

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