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Whose Justice? Which Rationality?

Whose Justice? Which Rationality?
Author: Alasdair MacIntyre
ISBN 13: 9780268019440
ISBN 10: 268019444
Edition: 1st
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication Date: 1989-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 410
List Price: $25.00

"MacIntyre has succeeded in compelling us to rethink the most fundamental moral issues that we face as human beings."-- Commonweal

Publishers Weekly

Is there any cause or war worth risking one's life for? How can we determine which actions are vices and which virtues? MacIntyre, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, unravels these and other such questions by linking the concept of justice to what he calls practical rationality. He rejects the grab-what-you-can, utilitarian yardstick adopted by moral relativists. Instead, he argues that four wholly different, incompatible ideas of justiceput forth by Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas and Humehave helped shape our modern individualistic world. In his unorthodox view, each person seeks the good through an ongoing dialogue with one of these traditions or within Jewish, non-Western or other historical traditions. This weighty sequel to After Virtue (1981) is certain to stir debate. (February)