Alasdair MacIntyre Virtue Ethics

  • Modern Aristotelian virtue ethicist
  • Believes modern day world are lacking virtues. 
  • 3 characters have arison as a result of this and he thinks most people are at least a version of these:
  • The rich aesthete: continuously searching for bigger and greater pleasures 
  • Bureaucratic manager: focused on achieving the 'end' by whatever means necessary
  • The Therapist: those who essentially 'massage' the egos of the others, keeping everything ticking over.
  • MacIntyre's belief that virtues are needed to keep communities/societies running. 
  • Can generally see features of a community in the individuals of that community. 
  • Practices and traditions within human communities depend on the virtues and it is his belief that they fall apart…


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